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A hero wrestles a div, or demon

  • Description

    A stocky hero wrestles a fierce div (demon), lifting and overturning him. Overcoming demons was a speciality of Rustam, a hero of the Persian Shahnama epic, but this unassuming figure lacks his usual war-like accoutrements. This coloured drawing closely follows in reverse a 15th century Turcoman composition found in one of the famous Siyah Qalam album paintings in the Topkapi Library, Istanbul.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia India (place of creation)
    AsiaIndia Deccan (possible place of creation)
    AsiaIndiawest India Rajasthan (possible place of creation)
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthansouth Rajasthan Kota (place of creation)
    late 17th century
    Material and technique
    gouache with ink and gold on paper
    frame 37 x 36.1 x 2.1 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 23.8 x 22.5 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by Sir Howard Hodgkin, 2013.
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  • 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. 46 on p. 114, illus. p. 115

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    • First floor | Room 33 | Mughal India

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