The Higher Regions of Paradise and Heaven

Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, 18th century
Movement
Mughal Court
School
Mughal School
Medium
Color and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 62.2 x 40.5 cm (24 1/2 x 15 15/16 in)
Geography
India, Possibly Delhi
Credit Line
Gift of Professor Alban G. Widgery of Winchester, Virginia
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1968.3
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Painting

Keywords
angel, garden, heaven, India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), paradise, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

This painting depicts the Islamic conception of the Garden of Paradise and the Garden of Eden. Flanking the Garden of Paradise is the throne of God in the painting's upper half and  Abraham, Moses, and Aaron in the three lowest registers. The Persian inscriptions are written in nasta'liq script. For its pair, see F1968.2

Published References
  • Nerina Rustomji. The Garden and the Fire: Heaven and Hell in Islamic Culture. New York. cover.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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