b. ca. 1547
Medium and Support:
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
6 1/8 in. x 3 1/2 in. (15.56 cm x 8.89 cm)
(April 11, 1972 - April 11, 1972)
Edwin Binney 3rd,
San Diego, California
(April 11, 1972 - August 27, 1990)
San Diego Museum of Art,
San Diego, California
(August 27, 1990 - )
Power & Desire, 04/00
A slim youth walks dreamily in a field of flowers. He
gently strokes his cheek with a bunch of narcissus, and has another spray tucked into his collar for lingering pleasure.
Made by an émigré artist from Persia, this painting has an attenuated Persian manner, quite different from the
luscious style developed by this time in the court of Jahangir. Its theme is common in Persian poetry and painting, where delicate youths are described as the reflection of the beauty of heaven on earth. The painting was probably accompanied by a verse now lost.
The memoirs of Mughal emperors - particularly Babur - record infatuations with lovely young boys. Not secluded like women, these favorites often gained high rank and wealth, arousing sharp jealousies within the court.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
The Mughal and Deccani Schools: Indian Miniature Painting from the Collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd
The Portland Art Association
, 12/2/1973 - 3/7/1976
The Grand Mogul: Imperial Painting in India, 1600-1660
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
, 9/25/1978 - 6/10/1979
Power & Desire: South Asian Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art,
San Diego Museum of Art
, 4/29/2000 - 10/5/2003
This object has the following bibliographic references:
Dr. Edwin Binney, 3rd.
The Mughal and Deccani Schools
Portland Art Museum.
Portland, Oregon, 1973
Page Number: 138, 144, 154,
Figure Number: 122
The British Institute of Persian Studies.
London, England, 1999
Page Number: 56, 64 note 93, 66,
Figure Number: 21b
Indian Miniatures of the Mughal Court
Harry N. Abrams, Inc..
New York, New York, 1992
Page Number: 124,
Figure Number: 134
Power and Desire:
Hong Kong Museum of Art.
Page Number: cat. no. 32,
Figure Number: 32
Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures,
Sotheby & Co..
London, England, April 11, 1972
Page Number: 7, Lot no. 14,
Figure Number: 14
Pouvoir et Désir: Miniatures Indiennes, Collection Edwin Binney 3rd du San Diego Museum of Art
Paris musées/Éditions Findakly.
Paris/Suilly-la-Tour, France, 2002
Page Number: 92, 93,
Figure Number: 31
Asok Kumar Das.
Mughal Masters: Further Studies
Mumbai, India, June 1998
Page Number: 104, 105,
Figure Number: 6
Som Prakash Verma.
Mughal Painters and Their Work:
Oxford University Press.
New Delhi, India, 1994
Page Number: 150 no. 20