A Mughal Manuscript Leaf

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: India: Pre 1900: Item # 1074487
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A Mughal Manuscript Leaf, 19th century or earlier. Intricately polychrome painted and laminated, the front depicting a lavish setting in which a nobleman, possibly King Akbar, is granting an audience to three visitors, in the background, retainers are seated with four courtesans. The reverse with twenty-two lines of black and red calligraphy, ink and color heightened with gold on paper. Some professional restoration at the edges of the manuscript leaf. The leaf measures 18 1/4 in. x 10 1/2 in., and is masterfully framed, exposing both front and verso. Presented in an attractive frame (front and back) with a border of gilded wood and raw silk. Provenance: Purchased by seller Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Indian Art Exhibition, Mumbai, India, 1976.