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Gathering of dervishes and drug addicts

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  • Description

    An assembly of dervishes or holy men has gathered on a Persianate hillside with a chenar tree (Oriental plane) and a water-course. They are under the influence of bhang, a marijuana potion which is being prepared by the men in the right foreground. Satirical scenes of dissolute drug-takers become a common genre in the Mughal period.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    1605 - 1610
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 49.5 x 38.6 cm (height x width)
    page 38.5 x 28 cm (height x width)
    painting 27.5 x 21.2 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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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. 10 on p. 42, illus. p. 43

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