recto: rectangular image with text at top and bottom; battle scene with figures on horses and elephants, with swords and bows and arrows; figures at top in mountains fighting in hand-to-hand combat and throwing large rocks; bright multicolors; verso: black text with touch of red; gold lines around borders

The Armies of Timur Combat the Forces of Nasir al-Din Mahmud Tughluq, from the Zafarnama, 1595-1600

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This manuscript leaf exhibits high action, beautiful coloring, a complex composition and supremely skillful painting—qualities found in the best Mughal production. Artistic production flourished under Akbar’s reign, and books decorated with exquisite paintings such as the Zafarnama were the most prized objects in the royal treasury. They communicated his wealth and prestige and articulated a historical lineage that earned him fame and respect. This is a foundational work for the South Asian and Islamic collections and is the first addition that is known to have come from an imperial Mughal atelier.

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Title
The Armies of Timur Combat the Forces of Nasir al-Din Mahmud Tughluq, from the Zafarnama
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2014.101
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recto: rectangular image with text at top and bottom; battle scene with figures on horses and elephants, with swords and bows and arrows; figures at top in mountains fighting in hand-to-hand combat and throwing large rocks; bright multicolors; verso: black text with touch of red; gold lines around borders