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Above, the emperor Aurangzeb consults a physician; below, one of the emperor's sons is attended by physicians. Gouache painting, 17--.

Date
[between 1700 and 1799]
Reference
726887i
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An episode in an 18th-century romance. There is a set of pictures of it in a Persian manuscript in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. Above, the emperor Aurangzeb with a haqim. He is worried about his son, the prince, who is shown below surrounded by doctors. One of the doctors (lower left) is recommending a particular ointment, one is quoting the authority of some eminent medical book, another us taking the prince's pulse. On the right is the wasir. The reason for the presence of the doctors is the emperor's concern at the prince's love for Malikeh mulk, a kind of fairy princess (information kindly given by Mr Robert Skelton, 22 April 1986)

Publication/Creation

[between 1700 and 1799]

Physical description

1 painting : gouache ; image 22.2 x 13 cm

Lettering

Bimār shudan-i Shahzadeh dar Muhbat-i Malikeh mulk parastān va chāreh jui kardan mutafikar shudan-i bād Shāa

Creator/production credits

Deccani, early eighteenth century

Lettering note

Marbled border inscribed below the painting in Persian. Translation of lettering: The prince is sick in love with Malikeh mulk, which is making the king reflective [worried]

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 726887i

Exhibitions note

Exhibited in “Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Indian medicine” at Wellcome Collection, 16 November 2017 – 8 April 2018

Type/Technique

Languages

  • Old Persian (ca. 600-400 B.C.)


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