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Mihrdukht aims her arrow at the ring

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  • Description

    The story-tellers’ epic of the hero Amir Hamza was a favourite of the young emperor Akbar. Early in his reign he commissioned a series of 1400 large scale illustrations, which took his painting studio 15 years to complete. In this tale the beautiful Mihrdukht, a brilliant archer, repels her unwanted suitors by challenging them to shoot an arrow through a ring held in the beak of a golden bird at the top of a tall tower. Here she effortlessly demonstrates this feat.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    c. 1570
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Associated people
    Akbar (ruled 1556 - 1605) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on cotton cloth
    frame 83.5 x 67.5 x 3 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 67.8 x 52 cm (height x width)
    Material index
    organicvegetalfibre cotton,
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    No. of items
    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. 1 on p. 24, pp. 15, 17, 24, 26, 28, 30, 34, & 273, illus. p. 25

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