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Gulshan-i 'Ishq (Rose Garden of Love)

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Geography:
Made in Deccan Region, India, Asia
Possibly made in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, Asia

Date:
1743

Medium:
Opaque watercolor, gold, and ink on paper; leather binding with embossed gilding

Dimensions:
14 × 10 × 2 3/8 inches (35.6 × 25.4 × 6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1945-65-22

Credit Line:
The Philip S. Collins Collection, gift of Mrs. Philip S. Collins in memory of her husband, 1945


A replica of this work is featured in Inside Out, a series of outdoor exhibitions throughout the region.

 

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The Gulshan-i Ishq was written in 1657–58 by Nusrati, court poet to Sultan Ali Adil Shah II of Bijapur. The poem’s more than 4,500 double verses in Deccani Urdu, the language of the Muslim elite in South-Central India, are written in elegant Persian naskh script. The principal story—one of connection, separation, longing, and final union of lovers—is borrowed from a North Indian Hindu love story and recast in mystical Sufi garb, with the lovers standing as a metaphor for the soul’s relationship to the divine. Refined Persian literary devices are infused with the colorful Indian narrative. This superb, complete manuscript contains over ninety illustrations.

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