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Title A Mughal officer listening to a singer
Collection Artworld: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Date 1650-1675 CE
Description An 'amir' (officer), with a flowing moustache, sits against a cushion smoking a spherical bidri 'huqqa'. He is dressed in a flowered 'jama' with a gold turban and sash, and rests his left arm upon his shield, which bears the device of a golden sun. Between the 'amir' and the white-clad singer who performs for him with the aid of a 'tambura' (lute-like instrument), is a square fish-pool containing a fountain, rendered flat without perspectival regression . The servant standing in attendance at the right holds a cloth purse and a peacock-feather fly-whisk. All three figures are shaded by a grapevine growing over a red trellis. The surface of the picture is rubbed, particularly near the right and left edges.
Description Source Robert Skelton. In: Steven Hooper (ed.). 1997. Catalogue to the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. University of East Anglia.
Cultural Context Indian
Id Number Current Accession 538
Inscription painted on Back
Location Creation Site Bharat, Central India (or North Deccan?)
Location Current Repository Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Subject visual work, painting, miniature
Measurements 270 x 184 x 1 mm
Context On the reverse is the Datia state seal and a deleted 'devanagari' inscription, which can be read as: 'sri barai divann sahib-ji.' Not too much credence can be placed on this scratched-out inscription identifying the main figure as a 'bara diwan' or principal revenue officer. It seems equally possible that he is one of the Mughal 'Faujdars' in charge of a district.
Context Source Robert Skelton. In: Steven Hooper (ed.). 1997. Catalogue to the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. University of East Anglia.
Rights Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, Norwich, 2002. All Rights reserved
Work Type painting
 

 

 

 

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