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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Attributed to Basawan, Indian (16th century)
Anvari Entertains in a Summer House (painting, verso; text, recto), folio 109 from a manuscript of the Divan of Anvari
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Divan of Anvari
Alternate Title: Anwari Entertains on a Tree-top Platform, Folio 109b 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
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
folio: 13.8 x 7.5 cm (5 7/16 x 2 15/16 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Goelet
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. 4A, pl.4A

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. 26; p. 142, no. 26

Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), p. 96, fig. 96

Elizabeth L. Katz, Themes and Foundations of Art, West Publishing Company (St. Paul, 1995), fig. 5-7, pg. 215, color

Paula Henderson and Adam Mornement, Treehouses, Frances Lincoln Limited (London, 2005), pp. 44

Valerie Smith, Tadashi Kawamata: Berlin Tree Huts, exh. cat., Revolver Publishing (Berlin, Germany, 2009), p. 6, ill.

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

Paintings for Emperors, Rajs, and Sultans, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 09/19/1987 - 11/21/1987

Five Masters of Persian and Indian Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/11/1992 - 03/09/1992

An Imperial Vision. The Art of Mughal India, 1526-1658, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/17/1992 - 12/06/1992

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

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

32Q: 2590 South and Southeast Asia, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/08/2017 - 04/19/2018

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