Basawan (artist), Tara (the Elder)

Basawan (artist), Tara (the Elder)

Basawan (artist), Tara (the Elder)
'Akbar slays a tigress which attacked the royal entourage'
India or Pakistan
1590-1595.
Museum no. IS.2-1896 (17/117)

This painting is from the Akbarnama. The Akbarnama was commissioned by the Mughal emperor Akbar as the official chronicle of his reign. It was written by his court historian and biographer Abu'l Fazl between 1590 and 1596 and is thought to have been illustrated between about 1592 and 1594 by at least 49 different artists from Akbar's studio. After Akbar's death in 1605, the manuscript remained in the library of his son, Jahangir (r. 1605-1627) and later Shah Jahan (r.1628-1658). The Victoria and Albert Museum purchased it in 1896 from Mrs Frances Clarke, the widow of Major-General John Clarke, who bought it in India while serving as Commissioner of Oudh between 1858 and 1862.