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Portrait of a Scholar

Artist/maker unknown, India or Pakistani

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

Period:
Mughal court, reign of Akbar

Date:
c. 1595

Medium:
Ink and light wash on paper

Dimensions:
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

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1959-94-30

Credit Line:
Gift of Carl Zigrosser, 1959

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Label:
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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