Ghatotkacha and three demons in his company chase Bhagadatta, from Bhishma-parva (volume six) of a Razm-nama (Book of Wars) adapted from the Sanskrit Mahabharata and translated into Persian by Mir Ghiyath al-Din Ali Qazvini, known as Naqib Khan (Persian,

Ghatotkacha and three demons in his company chase Bhagadatta, from Bhishma-parva (volume six) of a Razm-nama (Book of Wars) adapted from the Sanskrit Mahabharata and translated into Persian by Mir Ghiyath al-Din Ali Qazvini, known as Naqib Khan (Persian, d. 1614)

1616-1617

attributed to Fazl

(Indian, active early 1600s)

Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper, text on verso

Page: 36.7 x 24 cm (14 7/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 2013.321

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The red demons riding elephants were generated in multiples by Ghatotkacha, a son of one of the five Pandava brothers who knew how to use magic. Though created by magic, the elephant-riding demons could still cause problems for their adversaries and forced them to retreat. This scene took place on the fourth of 18 days of heated battle. This lavishly illustrated copy of the Book of Wars was commissioned by the Khan Khanan, chief minister to the emperor, first under Akbar (reigned 1556–1605) then under Jahangir (reigned 1605–27).

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