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Alexander oversees the execution of traitors


Creation date: ca. 1575
Creation place: Turkey

Other Information

Type: Manuscript Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor ink, and gold on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.472
Dimensions: 4 11/16 in. x 3 7/32 in. (11.9 cm x 8.2 cm)

Provenance

Stuart Cary Welch, Cambridge, Massachusetts ( - December 12, 1972)

Sotheby's, London, England (December 12, 1972 - December 12, 1972)

Maxwell, London, England (December 12, 1972 - December 12, 1972)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (December 12, 1972 - August 27, 1990)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 27, 1990 - )

Label Copy

June 2007
Lyric Visions
The conquest of the Persian empire by the Macedonian Greeks led by Alexander was the culmination of his campaigns in the East. Alexander had defeated the Persian emperor Dara, or Darius, in a series of epic battles and pursued Dara who had been set to flight. Two of Dara’s followers, seeing that the end was near, murdered Dara in the hopes of gaining favor with Alexander. However, when Alexander came to the side of the dying Dara, he asked Alexander to execute the traitors. Alexander is shown seated, honroing his wishes by overseeing their hanging. Above the image is a rhyming verse in Ottoman Turkish that reads:
Don't think that the traitor prospers;
Either his head is cut off or he is hanged on the gallows.

Sonya Quintanilla (2014) Quebec
Alexander oversees the execution of traitors
From an Iskendername (“The Adventures of Alexander”) of Ahmedi
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, ca. 1575
Turkey, 4 11/16 in. x 3 7/32 in. (11.9 cm x 8.2 cm)
Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, 1990.472
The conquest of the Persian empire by the Macedonian Greeks led by Alexander was the culmination of his campaigns in the East. Alexander had defeated the Persian emperor Dara, or Darius, in a series of epic battles and pursued Dara who had been set to flight. Two of Dara’s followers, seeing that the end was near, murdered Dara in the hopes of gaining favor with Alexander. However, when Alexander came to the side of the dying Dara, he asked Alexander to execute the traitors. Alexander is shown seated, hoonring his wishes by overseeing their hanging. Above the image is a rhyming verse in Ottoman Turkish that reads:
Don't think that the traitor prospers;
Either his head is cut off or he is hanged on the gallows.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Exhibition

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

Lyric Visions from Nizami's "Quintet" , 6/14/2007 - 11/4/2007

Into India: South Asian Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Art , 2/28/2012 - 5/27/2012

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Dr. Edwin Binney, 3rd. The Mughal and Deccani Schools Portland Art Museum. Portland, Oregon, 1973
Page Number: 136, 137, 140, Figure Number: 116

Catalogue of Fine Indian and Persian Miniatures and a Manuscript, Sotheby & Co.. London, England, December 12, 1972
Page Number: 58, Lot no. 182, Figure Number: 182

Colonel Raj Kumar Tandan, M.I.E.. Indian Miniature Painting: Natesan Publishers. Bangalore, India, 1982
Page Number: 43, 156 note 20

Dr. Sonya Quintanilla and Patrick Coleman. Visiones de la India Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Madrid, 2012
Page Number: 92, 268-9, Figure Number: cat. 35, p. 93

Dr. Sonya Quintanilla and Patrick Coleman. Visiones de la India (Mexico) Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia. Mexico , 2013
Page Number: 153, Figure Number: cat. 35, p. 160

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