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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Attributed to Khem Karan, Indian
Heavenly Joys Come to Earth (painting, recto; text, verso), folio 243 from a manuscript of the Divan of Anvari
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Divan of Anvari
Work Type
manuscript folio
Creation Place: South Asia, Pakistan, Punjab, Lahore
Mughal period
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
folio: 14 x 8 cm (5 1/2 x 3 1/8 in.)
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

Stuart Cary Welch, The Art of Mughal India: Painting & Precious Objects, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and Asia Society Museum (New York, NY, 1963), p. 162, no. 4B, pl. 4B

Anis Farooqi, Art of India and Persia, B. R. Publishing (New Delhi, 1979), p. 40, plate 51

Annemarie Schimmel and Stuart Cary Welch, Anvari's Divan: A Pocket Book for Akbar: a Divan of Auhaduddin Anvari, copied for the Mughal emperor Jalaluddin Akbar (r. 1556-1605) at Lahore in A.H. 996 A.D. 1588 now in the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 1983), page 101-103/figure 8

Samina Quraeshi, Lahore: The City Within, Concept Media Pte Ltd (Singapore, 1988), page 43

Bonnie Wade, "The Meeting of Musical Cultures in the 16th-century Court of the Mughal Akbar", The World of Music, Heinrichshofen Books (Berlin, Germany, 1990), vol. XXXII, no. 2, page 12/figure 4

Peggy Roalf, Looking At Paintings: Musicians, Hyperion Books for Children (New York, NY, 1993), page 12-13

Gloria Fiero, The Humanistic Tradition, Volume 4: The Age of the Baroque and the European Enlightenment, Brown & Benchmark Publishers (Madison, WI, 1995), page 88/figure 23.21

40 Years On... Donations by John Goelet: Sculpture, Paintings and Drawings, Miniatures and Calligraphy, Tankas and Mandala, M. T. Train and Scala Books (New York, NY, 2000), page 188, 243

Exhibition History

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

The Music Room, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/22/1984 - 11/11/1984

The Enlightened Eye: Gifts from John Goelet, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/12/2000 - 05/07/2000

Where Traditions Meet: Painting in India from the 15th-17th Centuries, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/05/2003 - 12/07/2003

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