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Image of A handsome youth holding a narcissus sprig

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A handsome youth holding a narcissus sprig

Farrukh Beg (AKA Farrukh Husain), Iranian, b. ca. 1547

Creation date: ca. 1610
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.318
State/Province: Uttar Pradesh
Dimensions: 6 1/8 in. x 3 1/2 in. (15.56 cm x 8.89 cm)


Sotheby's, London, England (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 - )

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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

Abolala Soudavar. Iran, The British Institute of Persian Studies. London, England, 1999
Page Number: 56, 64 note 93, 66, Figure Number: 21b

Amina Okada. 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. 2001
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

Amina Okada. 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 Marg Publications. 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

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