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The Angel of Tobiah
3619 H a
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

As the perfect embodiment of Mughal artistic eclecticism, masterfully blending Persian, Indian and European traditions and influences, this superb painting ranks as one of the outstanding achievements of the Imperial Mughal school of painting.

History of the Object
Of the Jesuit missionaries’ activities in India, the painters at Akbar’s court (r. 1556-1605) took note only of European prints that were disseminated depicting religious or edifying subjects designed to support missionary proselytism, whose themes – which to them were something new and unaccustomed – they copied or adapted rather freely. Several Mughal miniatures depict an angel bearing a fish, a theme that seems to have been particularly popular among artists active in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century and in which scholars discern a more or less accurate adaptation of European prints evoking Tobiah’s encounter with the angel.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Gouache and gold on paper 
Measurements
Height 18,7 cm. Length 13,2 cm.  
Creator name
Name of the painter: Husain 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
India; Mughal School 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 16th century ~ AD 16th century 
Creation date
16th Century; ca. 1590 
Function
 
Acquisition
Acquired by the Louvre Museum in 1894; now on deposit in the Guimet Museum 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property France 
Museum
Musée National des arts asiatiques Guimet 
Credit line
 

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