Nusrati of Bijapur / Raja Bikram and the Angels / about 1700Nusrati of Bijapur
Raja Bikram and the Angels
about 1700

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Creator Name: Nusrati of Bijapur
Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Indian
Creator Role: painter
Creator Name-CRT: Nusrati of Bijapur
Title: Raja Bikram and the Angels
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1680
Creation End Date: 1720
Creation Date: about 1700
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: Opaque watercolors and gold on paper
Dimensions: H.15 x W.8-7/8 in. (sheet)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 95.4.2
Credit Line: The Katherine Kittredge McMillan Memorial Fund

The Gulsham-i-Ishq is a romance written in Deccani Urdu by the Bijapur court poet Mian Nusrati for Sultan Ali Adil Shah II in 1657. The work, incorporating words in Persian, Arabic, and Marathi, recounts the love story of a Hindu prince, Manohara, and embodies themes typical of the Indian romantic tradition. The remarkable diversity of language and culture apparent in the book derives in part from the thriving sea trade that existed between the Deccan and the Turkish, Persian, and Arab populations. Such a large and artistically exquisite manuscript probably was made for a wealthy Urdu-speaking nobleman of the Mughal-controlled Deccan.

The scene shows Raja Bikram seated beneath a tree and holding a large bundle of clothes. Seven angels frolicking in a fountain gesture to him before they assist him on his way to Kanakgir. This work is an excellent example of the technical refinement that typifies much Deccani painting.

AMICA ID: MIA_.95.4.2
Component Measured: sheet
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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