An image of Cyrus administering justice

Unknown Artist

Cyrus administering justice

Location
Not on display
Further information

This finely painted miniature depicts the ruler Cyrus the Great, who unified vast territories across the Iranian plateau to form the Achaemenid empire. The format of the manuscript is typically Persian: the image occupies a rectangular band at the centre of the page and is surrounded by four narrow columns of calligraphy. However the stylisation of the figures and the exquisite naturalistic rendering of their faces is characteristically Mughal, showing the Indian adaptation of the Persian miniature painting form.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.37.

Place of origin
North India, India
Period
India: Mughal Empire circa 1526–1857
Year
circa 1585
Media
Manuscripts, Miniature, Watercolour
Medium
opaque watercolour with gold on paper
Dimensions
23.9 x 13.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Michael Hobbs 2001
Accession number
334.2001