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Chand Bibi hawking, India, Deccan, 18th century
gouache with gold on paper, mounted on an album page with gold-decorated borders, spurious attribution to 'Chitarman Shah Jahani' in the lower margin, reverse with an illuminated Persian quatrain in nasta'liq
painting: 20.3 by 12.9cm.
leaf: 42.1 by 29cm.
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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.121 (label on reverse of frame).

Catalogue Note

Chand Bibi was the ruler of Ahmednagar in the late sixteenth century and became famous for her valiant resistance against the Mughal forces. The subject of Chand Bibi hawking on horseback was popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and several versions closely comparable to the present example exist, including one in the British Museum (1951,0407,0.24); one in the British Library Add. Or. 3849); one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1999.403); one in the Allahabad Museum, and a closely comparable example sold in these rooms 6 April 2011, lot 248.

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