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Bad news arrives at court

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  • Description

    In this lower section of a manuscript page, courtiers below a throne area express their dismay. A military defeat has probably been announced, during the conflicts among the Quraish tribe in seventh century Arabia. The Tarikh-i Alfi (‘History of a Thousand Years’) was a compendious history commissioned by Akbar in anticipation of the Islamic millennium year.

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    History of a Thousand Years
    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    1592 - 1594
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Associated people
    Akbar (ruled 1556 - 1605) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 30.5 x 38 x 2.2 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 13 x 21.5 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. 7 on p. 36, illus. p. 37

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