Painting, album (detached folio)

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Description:

Ibrahim ‘Adil Shah II venerates Sufi (A) + calligraphy (B). Single-page painting and calligraphy on a detached album folio. Side A: ruler is shown with Sufi shaykh, possibly of the Qadiri order, presenting him with a flask and goblet while a young servant or attendant stands behind the spiritual master, fanning the latter with a cloth. Inscribed. Side B: Calligraphy containing poetic text and signature. Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper.

Object type:

painting, album (detached folio)

Museum number:

1997,1108,0.1

School/style:

Deccani School (A side)~Bijapur Style

Culture/period:

Adil Shahi dynasty (A side), Mughal dynasty (B side)

Date:

1620-1627 (circa (A side))~1733-1734 (AH 1146 (B side))

Production place:

Made in: Bijapur (A side)

Materials:

paper, gold

Technique:

painted

Dimensions:

Height: 42.00 cm (page) Width: 29.50 cm (page) Height: 16.20 cm (image) Width: 11.70 cm (image)

Inscriptions:

Inscription details: signature (Side A, bottom of the painting on the outer green border) in Persian in Nasta‘liq script Inscription quoted: Inscription transliteration: nashquhu khana-zad `Ali Riza Inscription translation: Drawn by the house-born (servant) `Ali Riza Inscription: Inscription details: inscription (entirety of side B) in Persian in Nasta‘liq script Inscription quoted: Inscription: Inscription details: signature (Side B, two-thirds down at left) in Persian or Arabic in Nasta‘liq script Inscription quoted: Inscription transliteration: kutubuhu al-maznab Muhammad Musa al-Husayni ghafar zi nawba [?] Inscription translation: Written by the ... Muhammad Musa al-Husayni ...

Location:

37

Exhibition history:

Exhibited: 2015 14 Apr-26 Jul, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 'Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy' 2012 Sep – 2013 Apr, BM G91, ‘Ritual and revelry: the art of drinking in Asia'

Subjects:

sultan/sultana, shaykh, servant/domestic worker, attendant

Associated names:

Representation of: Ibrahim `Adil Shah II~Representation of: Sufi

Acquisition names:

Purchased from: Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd (New York) Funded by: Brooke Sewell Permanent Fund

Acquisition date:

1997

Curator's comments:

Sultan Ibrahim 'Adil Shah II, the ruler of Bijapur, is depicted presenting a jewelled golden glask and goblet to a Sufi shaykh seated under a canopy in the foreground. At right, a young servant stands behind the shaykh and fans him. Reattributed from 1620-30 to ca. 1620-27 based on end of Ibrahim `Adil Shah II's reign in1627. (L. Akbarnia, 29/05/13)

Label:

Sufi - ritual and revelry /bhang;Ibrahim 'Adil Shah venerates a learned Sufi Signed by 'Ali Riza India, Deccan, Bijapur, c. 1620-30 Opaque on watercolour and gold on paper Ibrahim 'Adil Shah, the ruler of Bijapur, is depicted presenting a jewelled golden glask and goblet to a Sufi shaykh seated under a canopy in the foreground. At the right a young servant stands behind the shaykh and fans him.;Ibrahim Adil Shah II venerates a Sufi In this painting by Ali Riza (active 1600–50), Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II of Bijapur is shown as a disciple presenting a jewelled golden spittoon and inscribed gilded flask to his pir (master), a Sufi shaykh. Displayed prominently on a canopied dais and fanned by an attendant wearing a pair of jewelled pendants, the spiritual guide may represent the Sufi saint Sayyid Muhammad Husayni Gesu Daraz (1321–1422), of whom Ibrahim was a devotee. This image alludes to the significant relationship that existed between prominent Sufis and the court (although many Sufis also questioned connections with rulers of the material world). Bijapur, Deccan, India, 1620–27 Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper Brooke Sewell Permanent Fund, 1997,1108,0.1