recto © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Ascribed to Mahesh, Indian
It's the Day for the Garden! (painting, recto; text, verso), folio 173 from a manuscript of the Divan of Anvari
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Divan of Anvari
Alternate Title: "A Gardener Plucking Blossoms while another digs with a Spade"; Folio 173 from a Divan of Anwari, copied for Emperor Akbar (r. 1556-1605)
Work Type
manuscript folio
Creation Place: South Asia, Pakistan, Punjab, Lahore
Mughal period
Physical Descriptions
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
folio: 13.97 x 7.62 cm (5 1/2 x 3 in.)
Louis J. Cartier collection. John Goelet, New York, NY, (by 1960), gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1960.
Acquisition 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
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Michele de Angelis and Thomas W. Lentz, Architecture in Islamic Painting: Permanent and Impermanent Worlds, brochure, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, Mass, 1982)

Michael Brand and Glenn D. Lowry, Akbar's India: Art from the Mughal City of Victory, exh. cat., Asia Society Galleries (New York, 1985), p. 65; p. 67, fig. 27; p. 142, no. 27

Annemarie Schimmel, Terres d'Islam: Aux Sources de l'Orient Musulman, Maisonneuve et Larose (Paris, France, 1994), Pg. 156

Richard C. Foltz, Frederick Denny, and Azizan Baharuddin, ed., Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, Mass, 2003), cover

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 86

Exhibition History

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, Asia Society Galleries, New York, 10/10/1985 - 01/05/1986; Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/24/1986 - 03/16/1986

Earthly Paradise: Gardens in Islamic Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/08/1993 - 08/22/1993

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

32Q: 2590 South and Southeast Asia, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/01/2014 - 05/14/2015

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