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Illustration to a masnavi: Mir Hasan's Sahrul-bayan, otherwise known as Benazir o Badr-e-Munir.* Guler, circa 1800. Brush-drawing on paper. (Pasted onto later paper.) 17.1 x 12.5cm
*From a masnavi - a long poem - written in Urdu. This is a North Indian romance based on Persian and Indian folk tales concerning two lovers, Benazir and Badr-e-Munir. Mir Hasan was a famous court poet in his day (1736-86).
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