Akbar's Expedition by Boat to the Eastern Provinces
Page from a dispersed manuscript of the Akbarnama (Book of Akbar)

Artist/maker unknown, India or Pakistani

Geography:
Made in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia
or made in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, Asia

Period:
Mughal court, reign of Akbar

Date:
1602-1604

Medium:
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Dimensions:
Image: 8 9/16 × 5 1/16 inches (21.7 × 12.9 cm) Sheet: 13 1/2 × 9 1/8 inches (34.3 × 23.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1967-30-389

Credit Line:
The Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White Collection, 1967

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Label:
Akbar, the third Mughal emperor (ruled 1556-1605) consolidated and greatly expanded his grandfather Babur's conquests. This painting shows Akbar in 1574, traveling with his men on one of his many campaigns. Dressed in white and with clearly identifiable features and dark skin, Akbar sits and gives orders in the center of the second boat from the bottom. Abul Fazl, the author of Akbar's court chronicle, the Akbarnama, described the barges made for this expedition as veritable floating palaces with spaces for all the court functions. Under Akbar's generous patronage, the imperial painting workshop fused Persian, indigenous Indian, and European artistic ideas to create a distinctive Mughal aesthetic.