An image of Ibrahim Adham ministered by angels

Bhupat Das

(India  – )

Ibrahim Adham ministered by angels

Location
Not on display
Further information

Ibrahim Adham (died c778 CE) was a Prince of Balkh (ancient Bactria, now Afghan Turkestan), who governed a large province in the northeast of Persia. He renounced his throne to live as an ascetic in the wilderness. He is regarded as one of Islam's earliest ascetics, a great Sufi master and a prominent mystic. In this painting, Ibrahim Adham is attended to by angels who bring him food and water. The name of the artist, Bhupat Das, is given in an inscription on the waterflask.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.38.

Place of origin
Murshidabad, West Bengal, India
Period
India: Provincial Mughal circa 1748–circa 1860
Year
circa 1760
Media
Miniature, Painting, Watercolour
Medium
opaque watercolour with gold on paper
Dimensions
18.7 x 12 cm image; 27.1 x 20.1 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.c.[on water flask carried by centre angel]. Black ink. Persian script. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1962
Accession number
EP7.1962