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Sultan Ibrahim bin Adham (d.776-77) at his hermitage visited by angels bearing gifts of food and drink. Provincial Mughal at Awadh, circa late 18th century. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. 28.1 x 18.95cm
Provenance: Phillips, London, 14th March 1991, lot 345
A subject popular throughout the Mughal Empire in the18th century, it visual imagery strongly influenced by European prints, Sultan Ibrahim bin Adham had renounced the throne of Balkh to become a Sufi dervish. Some paintings including this picture also show another dervish, here at a distant hermitage, who is said to have been jealous of the favours received by Sultan Ibrahim.
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Above, below: gilt detail reflecting light
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