HEAD OF A BEAUTY

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December 31, 1749
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Ahmad Shah Bahadur 1748–54

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DESCRIPTION

Head of a Beauty
c. 1750

India, Mughal school, 18th century
Ink, color, and gold on paper

Image: 24.5 x 16.5 cm (9 5/8 x 6 1/2 in.); Overall: 30.5 x 20.5 cm (12 x 8 1/16 in.)

Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1932.117

INSCRIPTION

recto, upper center, in Persian: So exquisite that to call you beautiful would be a travesty of the word; it is magic personified that has been exhibited in this painting. Bottom center in Persian: Picture of a beauty.

PROVENANCE

Heeramaneck

EXHIBITION HISTORY

Indian Miniature Rotation (Gallery 115); August 13, 2003 - February 18, 2004.

The Silver Jubilee Exhibition. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (June 23-September 28, 1941).

Exhibition of the Month: Jewelry of India. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (April 1-June 2, 1947).

For Modern America from the Ancient Near East. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 24-March 21, 1948).

Sacred India. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 5, 1985-January 5, 1986).

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