Allegorical Figure

Maker(s)
Artist: Attributed to Nar Singh (Painted between late 1580s and 1604)
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, Reign of Akbar, ca. 1600
Movement
Mughal Court
School
Mughal School
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 8.8 x 5.6 cm (3 7/16 x 2 3/16 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Gift of Ruth and Sherman Lee
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1995.13
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Painting

Keywords
India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), portrait, Reign of Akbar (1556 - 1605), woman, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To about 1955
Heeramaneck Galleries, New York to about 1955 [1]

From about 1955 to 1995
Dr. Sherman Lee, Chapel Hill, NC, acquired from Heeramaneck Galleries, about 1955 [2]

From 1995
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Dr. Sherman Lee in 1995

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Note 3, Elizabeth F. Duley, October 17, 1995, in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Heeramaneck Galleries
Sherman Lee 1918-2008

Label

By the 1580s, many Mughal court artists incorporated European features, such as modelled drapery and atmospheric perspective, into their paintings. This female figure was adapted from one of the European prints that circulated in the court.

Published References
  • Gauvin Bailey. The Jesuits and the Grand Mogul: Renaissance Art at the Imperial Court of India, 1580-1630. vol. 2 Washington, 1998. p. 22, fig. 11.
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court., 2nd. Washington and Ahmedabad, India, 2012. cat. 31, p. 158.
  • Thomas Lawton, Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 180-181.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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