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The blind Dhritarashtra attacks the statue of Bhima

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  • Description

    The Razmnama is a Persian translation of the Mahabharata, the great Indian epic concerning the war between the Pandavas and their Kaurava cousins. Near the end, the blind Kaurava king Dhritarashtra meets the Pandava princes again. Grieving for his dead sons, he attacks prince Bhima. But Krishna, the Pandavas’ ally, miraculously substitutes an iron statue of Bhima, which the king crushes with his bare hands. This manuscript was prepared by artists working for Abd ur-Rahim Khankhanan, a leading Mughal courtier.

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    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    1616 - 1617
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Qasim (active 17th century) (artist)
    Associated people
    'Abd ur-Rahim Khankhanan (1556 - 1626) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 48.2 x 34.2 x 1.7 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 38.2 x 23.3 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. 9 on p. 40, p. 54, illus. p. 41

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