A Christian subject: The Madonna and Child

Artist: Probably by Farrukh Beg (active early 1580sā€“1619)
Historical period(s)
Adil Shahi dynasty, ca. 1605-1610
Mughal Court
Mughal School
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (overall): 16 x 11.1 cm (6 5/16 x 4 3/8 in)
India, Deccan plateau, Karnataka state, Bijapur
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Painting

Album leaf with painting

Adil Shahi dynasty (1489 - 1686), child, Christianity, India, Virgin Mary

To 1907
Dikran G. Kelekian (1868-1951), Cairo, Egypt, Paris, France, and New York to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, in 1907 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See List of Persian Manuscripts and Miniatures, pg. 105, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Also, the presence of a stamp of "Exposition d'Art Musulman, Palais des Champs Elysees, 1893" has been observed on the reverse of the folio (see Curatorial Remark 10, Debra Diamond, February 3, 2011, in the object record).

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Dikran Garabed Kelekian (C.L. Freer source) 1868-1951

Published References
  • Richard Ettinghausen, Stuart Cary Welch, Jagdish Mittal. Portfolio (Deccani Miniature Painting). vol. 16, no. 2 Bombay. p. 16.
  • Dr. Esin Atil. The Brush of the Masters: Drawings from Iran and India. Exh. cat. Washington, 1978. cat. 20, p. 57.
  • Anand Amaladass, Gudrun Loewner. Christian Themes in Indian Art. India. p. 67.
  • Mark Zebrowski. Deccani Painting. Berkeley, 1982-1983. p. 106.
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court. Exh. cat. Washington, 1981. cat. 35, pp. 210-211.
  • Richard Ettinghausen. New Pictorial Evidence of Catholic Missionary Activity in Mughal India (Early XVIIth Century). Munster. p. 395, fig. 10.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
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