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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Attributed to Mir Sayyid ‘Ali, Persian (16th century)
Mahiya frees Zambur, Beheads his sleeping guards, and suspends Gharrad in his stead (painting, verso); Nine Lines of Nasta‘liq Script (text, recto), illustrated folio from a manuscript of the Hamzanama
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Hamza Nama
Work Type
manuscript folio
c. 1570
Creation Place: South Asia, India
Mughal period
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Physical Descriptions

Illustration: opaque watercolor and gold on cotton fabric. Text: ink and gold on paper. Both sides framed with a paper border with opaque watercolor ruling
image: 67.5 x 51.5 cm (26 9/16 x 20 1/4 in.)

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Francis H. Burr Memorial Fund
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Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Publication History

  • Eric Schroeder, A Painting from the Hamza Romance, Bulletin of the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1941), Vol. 9, 110, p. 110, ill. reproduced in b/w
  • 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. 89, fig. 95
  • Zahra Faridany-Akhavan, "The Problems of the Mughal Manuscript of the Hamza-nama" (Thesis, Harvard University, 1992), UMI Dissertation Information Service
  • James Cuno, Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Ivan Gaskell, and William W. Robinson, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, ed. James Cuno, Harvard University Art Museums and Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), page 142-143
  • Masterpieces of world art : Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1997
  • John Seyller, The Adventures of Hamza: Painting and storytelling in Mughal India, exh. cat., Freer/Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2002), p. 188, no. 61

Exhibition History

  • Akbar's India: Art from the Mughal City of Victory, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/24/1986 - 03/16/1986
  • Islamic Art: The Power of Pattern, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/23/1989 - 01/17/1990
  • Arabesque, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 12/01/1990 - 03/24/1991
  • An Imperial Vision. The Art of Mughal India, 1526-1658, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/17/1992 - 12/06/1992
  • 32Q: 2590 South and Southeast Asia, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 05/14/2015

Subjects and Contexts

  • Google Art Project

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