Dara Shikoh With Sages
recto © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Attributed to Payag, Indian (active mid-17th century)
Dara Shikoh with Sages
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Prince Dara Shikoh Conversing with Sages
Work Type
album folio
c. 1635
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Uttar Pradesh, Agra?
Mughal period
Physical Descriptions
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
actual: 36.7 x 25.1 cm (14 7/16 x 9 7/8 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Eric Schroeder in honor of John Coolidge
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Publication History

Milo Cleveland Beach and Stuart Cary Welch, The Grand Mogul: Imperial Painting in India, 1600-1660, exh. cat., Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA, 1978), Page 166-167/Figure 63

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), page 90/figure 97

"Darshan: In the Company of the Saints", Speak The Truth, ed. David Mc Mullen, Darshan 86 (South Fallsburg, NY, May 1994), page 6

James Cuno, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, Harvard University Art Museums/Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), page 146-147

Studies In Islamic and Later Indian Art From the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), page 32/figure 7

Exhibition History

Portraiture in Iran and India, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/09/1983 - 02/01/1984

Divinely Inspired: Images of Mystics and Mendicants, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/16/1999 - 03/29/1999

Re-View: S231 (Islamic rotation: 3) Sacred Spaces: The World of Dervishes, Fakirs and Sufis, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/06/2009 - 01/03/2010

32Q: 2590 South and Southeast Asia, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/02/2016 - 04/26/2017

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Google Art Project

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