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Portrait of a Scholar

Artist/maker unknown, Indian or Pakistani

Made in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia
or made in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, Asia

c. 1595

Ink wash on paper

Image: 6 1/4 × 4 inches (15.9 × 10.2 cm) Sheet: 9 × 6 inches (22.9 × 15.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Carl Zigrosser, 1959

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This delicate drawing, probably intended as a finished work, is most likely a copy or adaptation of one of the European engravings given to Emperor Akbar. Not only has the Mughal artist used a translucent wash to add roundness to the figures and drapery, but he has also borrowed the idea, if not the exact process, of European one-point perspective in the receding architecture and table. Other motifs, such as the cat at the lower right, are lifted directly from European prototypes.

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