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Sultan and Musicians

December 31, 1649
Shah Jahan 1627–1658

Sultan and Musicians



Sultan and Musicians c. 1650 Southern India, probably Golconda Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Image: 16.9 x 20.4 cm (6 5/8 x 8 1/16 in.); Border: 20.3 x 23.6 cm (8 x 9 5/16 in.) Gift of Dr. Norman Zaworski 2012.300 DESCRIPTION A figure dressed in austere garments with a rosary before him listens to music while smoking a hookah. The peacock-feather whisk held by an attendant standing behind him is an emblem of his royal status. He listens intently to the percussionists and two singers with open mouths, who may be performing a work by a mystic of the Sufi branch of Islam, given the essential role of music in Sufism and the pious mood of the all-male gathering. Portraits from this southern region, known as the Deccan, are marked by subtle delicacy and sensitive realism. PROVENANCE ?-2012 Dr. Norman Zaworski [1920-2013], Cleveland, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art 2012- The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH EXHIBITION HISTORY Indian Gallery 242 Rotation – April-November 2018. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (April 2-November 18, 2018).

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Very good information.


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