Malikshah's Double Gift (Painting, Verso; Text, Recto), Folio 258 From A Manuscript Of The Divan Of Anvari
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1960.117.258
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Malikshah's Double Gift (painting, verso; text, recto), folio 258 from a manuscript of the Divan of Anvari
Other Titles
Alternate Title: "A Prince Receiving Two Mullas" The Double Gift of Malik Shah: folios 258v (illustration) and 259r (calligraphy) from a “Divan” of Anvari made for Emperor Akbar (r. 1556-1605)
Series/Book Title: Divan of Anvari
Classification
Manuscripts
Work Type
manuscript folio
Date
1588
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, Pakistan, Lahore
Period
Mughal period
Culture
Indian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink, color and gold on paper
Dimensions
folio: 13.9 x 7.4 cm (5 1/2 x 2 15/16 in.)
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Goelet, formerly in the collection of Louis J. Cartier
Accession Year
1960
Object Number
1960.117.258
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions

Label Text: Anvari's Divan: A Pocket Book for Akbar, written 1984
10. Malikshah’s Double Gift
folios 259a & 258b 1960.117.10

Label Text: Courts and Countryside: Islamic Paintings from the 14th through the 17th century, written 1999
The Double Gift of Malik Shah
Folio 258v from a Divan (Collected Works) of Anvari made for Akbar (r. 1556-1605)
India, Mughal period, AH 996/AD 1588
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Gift of John Goelet
1960.117.10

In this scene of a royal audience, the ruler has brought his own flowers to a landscape otherwise devoid of blossoms. Below the throne, a splendid blue and gold carpet filled with floral arabesques brings life and color to the monochromatic landscape. With little more than a throne and carpet on a hillside, the royal court is established.
This painting depicts the Saljuq ruler Malik Shah (d. 1092). A bedouin has asked the king for one hundred dinars to make the pilgrimage to Mecca and to pray there for the king's health and reign. The king gives him twice the sum requested. The ruler shown here strongly resembles early portraits of the emperor Akbar, for whom this manuscript was produced.

Exhibition History

Anvari's Divan: A Pocket Book for Akbar, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/07/1984 - 03/28/1984

Courts and Countryside: Islamic Paintings from the 14th through the 17th century, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/21/1999 - 08/22/1999

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Verification Level

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