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A supplicant at a Hindu temple

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  • Description

    In this unidentified scene a worshipper respectfully approaches a Hindu temple, where a priest receives him and various yogis look on with interest. The temple architecture is largely fantastical, with its Islamic arabesque decoration and geometric tilework. But several sculptures of Hindu deities are shown, including goddesses at each side of the temple door. As in some other Hamzanama pages, the faces have been mutilated by a pious Muslim hand and later crudely repainted.

  • 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 84.4 x 67.6 x 2.7 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 70.2 x 53.3 cm (height x width)
    Material index
    organicvegetalfibre cotton,
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    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. 3 on p. 28, pp. 17, 24, 30, & 34, illus. p. 29

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