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Master and Pupil (perhaps Prince Salim, later Emperor Jahangir, with his tutor)

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Attributed to Aqa Riza Jahangiri
Afghan
Master and Pupil (perhaps Prince Salim, later Emperor Jahangir, with his tutor), late 16th century
Drawing
Mughal
,
16th century
Mughal period, 932-1274/1526-1858
Creation Place: India
Black ink and opaque watercolor on beige paper
26.2 x 16.5 cm (10 5/16 x 6 1/2 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Stuart Cary Welch Collection, Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch
, 2009.202.204
Department of Islamic & Later Indian Art
,
Description
With sensitive, calligraphic lines, this drawing depicts an elegantly dressed youth kneeling with uplifted face before his much larger master, who is holding open a book with faintly visible, but illegible script. Fine and subtle strokes delineate the master's beard and fur collar and the youth's aigrette and curling hair. Folds of drapery at the hem of their robes and edges of their shawls break into lively rhythms.
Provenance
Stuart Cary Welch (by 1969 - 2008,) by descent; to his estate (2008-2009,) gift; to Harvard Art Museum.

Notes:
Object was part of temporary loan to Museum in 1969.
Bibliography
Asia Society, The Art of Mughal India: Painting & Precious Objects, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1963), Page 164/Figure 17

Stuart Cary Welch, "Mughal and Deccani Miniature Paintings From a Private Collection", Freer Gallery of Art / Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C., 1963), Plate 1/Figure 2

Michael Brand, Akbar's India: Art from the Mughal City of Victory, exh. cat., Asia Society Galleries (New York, NY, 1985), Page 79 & 147/Figure 42

Stuart Cary Welch and Kim Masteller, From Mind, Heart, and Hand: Persian, Turkish, and Indian Drawings from the Stuart Cary Welch Collection, exh. cat., Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, 2004), p 11/ fig 9, p 80 - 81/ cat 17

Exhibition History
Precisely to the Point, Daggers and Drawings from Persia and India: 15th-19th century, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/30/1992 - 07/26/1992
Linear Graces ... and Disgraces: Part II, Drawings from the Courts of Persia, Turkey, and India, 15th-19th Centuries, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 12/26/1994 - 03/05/1995
Anvari's Divan: A Pocket Book for Akbar, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/07/1984 - 03/28/1984
Akbar's India: Art from the Mughal City of Victory, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/24/1986 - 03/16/1986
Indian and Persian Drawings, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/25/1987 - 06/21/1987
Infancy to Old Age: A Gallery of Indians, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/27/1993 - 04/25/1993
From Mind, Heart, and Hand: Persian, Turkish and Indian Drawings from SCWelch, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/19/2005 - 06/02/2005
The Tablet and the Pen: Drawings from the Islamic World, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/18/2006 - 07/23/2006