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This archaic battle scene, taken from the epic Razmnameh

June 30, 1556
Akbar 1556–1605

This archaic battle scene, taken from the epic Razmnameh



This archaic battle scene, taken from the epic Razmnameh, depicts Arjuna and Bhishma in their war chariots attacking one another from opposing sides. Charioted horses await below, while a group of horsemen, sounding a trumpet and drum, stand in the top right corner. Artist: Bandi Mughal style ca.1598 No text. Painted in opaque watercolor and ink on paper. The Razmnameh (Book of Wars) was a Persian translation of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata. Unlike Persian paintings of ancient battles, the Mughal illustrations here depict an archaic form of battle, including two of the Pandava patriarchs in chariots. But the armor is late 16th-century Mughal in type. Trustees of the British Museum

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