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An encampment from the manuscript of Mir 'Ali Shir Nawai

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Title: An encampment from the manuscript of Mir 'Ali Shir Nawai
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Indo-Persian Miniatures, 16th-17th century
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Description: Mir 'Ali was one of the two Persian painters who joined Humayun's court at Kabul, where the exiled ruler was waiting for a propitious moment to invade India. Mir 'Ali's style was unusually naturalistic. Persian painters often painted from other pictures rather than from life, but Mir 'Ali's paintings reveal a keen observation of the world around him. In the encampment scene shown here, the tent ropes have a realistic tautness and the people a portrait like reality. The people and animals are engaged in a variety of occupations. Within one tent, turbaned men sit on rugs, talking
within another, a mother suckles her child. Outside, a donkey is eating from a nose bag, a goat is being milked, two camels kneel at rest, and a cat arches its back angrily. -- Islamic: Persian, from Tabriz, ca. 1540 (Cambridge, Fogg Museum of Art).
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2719


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