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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Attributed to Shaykh Zada, Persian (active 1st half of 16th century)
Overpainting of figures attributed to Bishndas, Mughal (active early 17th century)
Scribe: Mir ‘Ali al-Husayni, Uzbek (active 1st half of 16th century)
Sa`di's Visit to an Indian Temple (painting, recto), Text (verso), folio 119 from a Manuscript of the Bustan by Sa`di, Written for Sultan `Abd al-`Aziz (1540-50), Overpainting attributed to Bishndas for the Mughal Emperor Jahangir (r. 1605-27)
Work Type
manuscript folio
1531-1532 (text); c. 1540 and c. 1620 (painting)
Creation Place: Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Bukhara
Shaybanid period
Uzbek and Mughal
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
image: 23.1 x 13.6 cm (9 1/8 x 5 3/8 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Philip Hofer in memory of Frances L. Hofer
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.165-166, no. 23, fig. 23

Stuart Cary Welch, India, Art and Culture, 1300-1900, exh. cat., Holt, Rinehart & Winston (New York, NY, 1985), Page 210-211/Figure 139

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), page 88/figure 94

Amina Okada, Imperial Mughal Painters: Indian Miniatures From the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, Flammarion (Paris, France, 1992), page 155/figure 185

John Renard, ed., Tales of God's Friends : Islamic Hagiography in Translation, University of California Press (Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA, 2009), pp.92-93 / Fig.4

Exhibition History

Indian Art During the Mughals, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 04/12/1986 - 05/18/1986

Paintings for Princes: The Art of the Book in Islam, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/27/1990 - 03/25/1990

Shadows of God On Earth: Arts of the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Dynasties, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/21/1997 - 08/31/1997

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