The Arrival of a Prince

Artist: Jan Quli
Historical period(s)
Adil Shahi dynasty, ca. 1600
Deccani School
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
H x W (overall): 24.5 x 16.2 cm (9 5/8 x 6 3/8 in)
India, Maharashtra state, Bijapur
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Painting

Album leaf with painting

Adil Shahi dynasty (1489 - 1686), dervish, fly whisk, India, prince, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

When northern India was under Mughal control, the Deccan plateau of the south was ruled by a series of Muslim sultans, among whom the Adil Shahi sultans of Bijapur (reigned circa 1557-1687) were prominent.  The Deccan sultans were Sh'iah Muslims and allied themselves with the Sh'iah Safavid rulers of Iran, while the Mughals were of more orthodox Sunni affiliation.

Published References
  • 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. 22.
  • Richard Ettinghausen. Reflections on Deccani Paintings: Bijapur. vol. 16, no. 2 Bombay, March 1963. p. 30.
  • Mark Zebrowski. Deccani Painting. Berkeley, 1982-1983. p. 170.
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court., 2nd. Washington and Ahmedabad, India, 2012. cat. 52, p. 180.
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court. Exh. cat. Washington, 1981. cat. 34, pp. 207-209.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
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