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Reception Scene

Asian Art

MEDIUM Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Place Made: India
  • DATES mid–17th–early 18th century (?)
    DYNASTY Mughal
    DIMENSIONS sheet: 8 9/16 x 5 1/2 in. (21.7 x 14 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE A. Augustus Healy Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION An enthroned ruler seated under a canopy and royal umbrella offers a pearl and emerald turban ornament to a courtier who stands before him holding a letter. The nine other figures surrounding the ruler include his arms bearer, attendants with swords and shields, a white bearded elder and a boy holding the umbrella. The ruler and attending figures wear large turbans that make reference to those worn in Central Asia and Iran in the 16th century, a style that that was no longer in use at the time when the image was painted. So it appears that the painting depicts an earlier moment in history, possibly the Mughal emperor Babur, who reigned from 1526-30.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Indian. Reception Scene, mid–17th–early 18th century (?). Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, sheet: 8 9/16 x 5 1/2 in. (21.7 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund, 41.1175 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.1175_IMLS_SL2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 41.1175_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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