Hamba-I-Haidari

Hamba-I-Haidari

1836-1837
Country
India
illumination
Gift of Harry Goodwin
1959.1.3
. Hamba-I-Haidari. 1836-1837. Gift of Harry Goodwin. 1959.1.3.
Dimensions
height: 11 in, 27.9400 cm; width: 6 7/8 in, 17.4625 cm; mat height: 20 in, 50.8 cm; mat width: 16 in, 40.64 cm; window height: 9 3/4 in, 24.765 cm; window width: 5 3/4 in, 14.605 cm
Inscription
Text throughout
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian

Leaf from the Hamba-i-Haidari
1836–37, Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)
Northern India
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Denver Art Museum: Gift of Harry Goodwin
1959.1.3  

This manuscript page depicts a scene in the life of Ali, Muhammad’s son-in-law. Ali is revered by the Shi’ite sect of Islam, whose followers believe that he was appointed by Muhammad to continue his teachings; Sunni Muslims believe Muhammad’s successor was his father-in-law, the caliph Abu Bakr. The original text was written by Mirza Muhammad Rafi’ Khan Badel, who was born in Persia but emigrated to India.