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Wedding procession of Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah

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  • Description

    This scene of a wedding party travelling by night depicts Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah of Golconda (r.1580-1612) bringing home his bride, the beautiful Hindu dancing-girl Bhagmati. Himself a Shia Muslim, Muhammad Quli had fallen in love with Bhagmati as a young prince. He would often ride out to visit her village, fording the sometimes dangerous Musi river to do so.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiasouth IndiaAndhra Pradesh Golconda (place of creation)
    c. 1650
    Associated people
    Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, Sultan of Golconda (ruled 1580 - 1612) (subject)
    Abdullah Qutubshah, Sultan of Golconda (ruled 1626 - 1672) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 34.5 x 43 x 1.6 cm (length x width x depth)
    painting 24.3 x 32.3 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    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. 39 on p. 100, illus. p. 101

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