Babur at the Capture of Kabul in 910 H (A.D. 1504) from an Akbarnama

Artist: Mahesh Basawan
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, Reign of Akbar, 1586-90
Mughal Court
Mughal School
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
H x W: 36.6 x 23.9 cm (14 7/16 x 9 7/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


elephant, emperor, India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), nasta'liq script, Reign of Akbar (1556 - 1605), WWII-era provenance
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Previous Owner(s)

Heeramaneck Galleries


During the 1580s, the Emperor Akbar became increasingly interested in illustrations of historical or natural history subject matter, and these replaced his earlier concern for such tales of fantasy as the Hamza-nama. Among Akbar's projects was an illustrated historical account of his own reign, and this began by discussing the events preceding his birth. Babur, shown here, was his grandfather and the first Mughal emperor.

Published References
  • W. Staude. Contribution a l'Etude de Basawan. tome. 8, no.1 Paris. .
  • Edgar Blochet. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Persian Paintings...held at the Gallery Demotte Inc. Exh. cat. New York. .
  • Howard Hollis and Company The Cleveland Museum of Art. Islamic Art: Selected Examples from the Loan Exhibiton of Islamic Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Exh. cat. Cleveland. p. 25.
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court., 2nd. Washington and Ahmedabad, India, 2012. cat. 9, pp. 68-9.
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court. Exh. cat. Washington, 1981. cat. 9, pp. 86-7, 12, 28.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
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