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Noah's Ark

Type
Painting
Maker(s)
Artist: Attributed to Miskin (active late 1570s–ca. 1604)
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, Reign of Akbar, ca. 1590
Movement
Mughal Court
School
Mughal School
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimension(s)
H x W: 28.1 x 15.6 cm (11 1/16 x 6 1/8 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1948.8
Label
Noah, his head surrounded by a flaming halo, sits at the center of this painting. A popular figure in the Qur'an, Noah (in Arabic, Nuh) also figures in poetic texts such as the Diwan (Collected Poems) by Hafiz.

Miskin, one of the greatest painters in the workshop of the Mughal emperor Akbar (r. 1556–1605) is thought to have painted this page. An expert draftsman and colorist, Miskin was best known for his skilled and whimsical depictions of animals and birds.

Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Keyword(s)
animals, boat, drum, India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), Noah's Ark, Reign of Akbar (1556 - 1605)
Collection(s) Area
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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