Provincial Mughal style Two scenes of combat from the Shahnama [Two scenes of combat between Bairan and Arjuna] c. 1750 Place made: north India, India
Materials & Technique: paintings, miniatures, opaque watercolour, gold Support: paper
Dimensions: image 38.7 h x 24.8 w cm mount 45.8 h x 31.5 w
Acknowledgement: The Gayer-Anderson Gift 1954
Accession No: NGA 91.1391
Subject: Illuminated manuscripts Persian literature Battle
  • Acquired in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, by Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson, 1927
  • exported from India by Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson, 1930
  • held in the collection of Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson and Major Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson, Pasha, both of The Little Hall, Lavenham, Suffolk, England, 1927-1953
  • who gave it to the Commonwealth of Australia, 1953
  • held by National Library of Australia, Canberra, after transfer from London, 1954-1991
  • transferred to the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 1991.
  • The collecting history of this painting is partial. The earliest known transaction is its purchase by the donor in India in 1927. The National Gallery of Australia welcomes further information regarding its history of ownership prior to 1927.