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The Pandava brothers do battle with the King of Anga

  • Description

    This illustration comes from a dispersed manuscript of the Razmnama, a Persian translation of the great Hindu Mahabharata epic made during Akbar’s reign. It depicts the Pandava brothers and their allies in a battle with the king of Anga in Bengal. The work was probably commissioned by Akbar’s leading minister, Abd ur-Rahim Khankhanan, and executed by artists trained in the imperial studio. The Ashmolean has five other pages from this manuscript, and many others are in the British Museum.

  • Details

    Book of War
    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Mohan, Son of Banwari (active c. 1598) (artist)
    Associated people
    probably 'Abd ur-Rahim Khankhanan (1556 - 1626) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    mount 55.3 x 40.1 cm (height x width)
    page 29.4 x 17.4 cm (height x width)
    painting 23.2 x 14.7 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    Gift of Gerald Reitlinger, 1978.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 18 July-13 September 1981, and London: Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1981, Eastern Ceramics and Other Works of Art from the Collection of Gerald Reitlinger: Catalogue of the Memorial Exhibition, Deborah Willis, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum and London: Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1981), no. 407 on p. 144, p. 141, illus. p. 144


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