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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

Mughal court, reign of Akbar

c. 1595

Ink and light wash on paper

Image: 6 7/8 × 4 1/8 inches (17.5 × 10.5 cm) Sheet: 9 × 6 1/8 inches (22.9 × 15.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

* Gallery 227, Asian Art, second floor (Wood Gallery)

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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