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Three Mughal Princes Before a Guru

Three Mughal Princes Before a Guru

late 16th century

The visual style of Mughal painting is associated with the Muslim rulers who were often depicted, but it was adopted for use by non-Muslim Indians as well. Gurus—wise teachers—loom large in the transmission and practice of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. This rendering of a seated guru in the Mughal style may come from the Razmnama, the Persian-language translation of the Sanskrit Mahabharata. This ancient Indian epic was translated, and illustrated, as one of the major commissions of the Mughal (Muslim) court.
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
11 15/16 x 7 1/2 in. (30.3 x 19.1 cm)
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Luminous: The Art of Asia", October 13, 2011 - January 8, 2012

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Hero/Antihero", December 21, 2002 - August 17, 2003 (12/21/2002 - 8/17/2003)

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