India 1550 /1590 – 1648 /1652
Artist's cultural association:
Mughal dynasty, Akbar period (1556-1609)
Prince Babur arriving at Andijan
page from a Baburnama manuscript [Prince Babur at Andijan] c. 1590
Collection Title: The Memoirs of Babur [Baburnama] manuscript
Place made: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Materials & Technique: paintings, opaque watercolour, gold and ink Support: paper
The first Mughal emperor, Babur (1483–1530, ruled 1526–1530), conquered Delhi and Agra in 1526 and established the dynasty that went on to rule most of India. His autobiography, the Baburnama or Book of Babur, chronicles his life and achievements. Several finely illustrated Baburnama were created during the reign of Babur’s grandson Akbar (1542–1605, ruled 1556–1605). Akbar was a great patron of art and manuscripts are part of his legacy.
This page is among the earliest illustrated by the great Mughal painter Bishan Das (active 1590–1640). It depicts an event of 1494, when the young Babur prayed at the fortified town of Andijan, his birthplace, after hearing of his father’s death. The prince appears on horseback, accompanied by servants with bows and arrows.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label