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A European holding a book, India, Deccan or Mughal, early 17th century
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A European holding a book, India, Deccan or Mughal, early 17th century
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Details & Cataloguing

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A European holding a book, India, Deccan or Mughal, early 17th century
gouache on paper, mounted on an album page with gold-decorated borders
painting: 10.7 by 5cm.
leaf: 28.9 by 19.5cm.
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Provenance

Ex-collection Joe and Hellen Darion, New York.
Acquired from the Olsen Foundation, Bridgeport, Conn.

Exhibited

Olsen Travelling Exhibition, Persian Miniature no. 156 (label on reverse of frame).
On loan:
North Carolina Museum of Art, 1962 (loan number Olsen Persian Miniature TL.62.10.156, label on reverse of frame).

Catalogue Note

Although not wearing obviously western dress, and holding a safina-form manuscript (an Islamic format), the face and pose here are European and the figure may be taken from a European print of a saint or religious figure circulating in India in the early seventeenth century. Similar European/Christian-themed drawings are in the India Office Library (see Falk and Archer 1981, pp.519-520, nos.441-8.

The inscription on the safina-form manuscript appears to be the beginning of a Persian couplet, starting with: 'The desire I have to see you (...)' before becoming illegible.

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