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Khwaja Umar saved from pursuers

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  • Description

    Unique in Mughal painting in its ambition and freedom of expression, the Hamzanama contains many pages of great verve. Here the lanky Umar, arch-trickster and loyal helper of Hamza, is magically saved from his pursuers by a heavenly hand. He sails aloft against dramatic cloud effects, which like the ‘hand of God’ and the scattered skulls and bones, are adapted from European painting sources.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    1565 - 1570
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    attributed to Kesu Das (active c. 1570 - c. 1602) (artist)
    Associated people
    Akbar (ruled 1556 - 1605) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on cotton cloth
    frame 77.2 x 60.6 x 2.2 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 64.8 x 48.8 cm sight size (height x width)
    Material index
    organicvegetalfibre cotton,
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    Credit line
    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 2 on p. 26, pp. 17, 24, 28, 30, & 34, illus. pp. 6 & 27

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