The Adventures of Hamza

June 26, 2002 – September 29, 2002

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevels 1 and 2 Floor Plan

On view are approximately 60 illustrations from a manuscript of the Hamzanama (or The Adventures of Hamza) that was made in India for the Mughal Emperor Akbar (reigned 1556-1605) when he was still a teenager. It originally contained 1400 enormous illustrations, about a tenth of which have survived today. The illustrations are from collections all over the world and will be placed next to new translations of the related text passages. This is the first exhibition of Indian painting to examine narrative aspects of a single text in such depth. The Adventures of Hamza is a fantastic adventure story, based loosely and only in part on the exploits of Hamza, an uncle of the Prophet Muhammad, who traveled throughout the world spreading the doctrines of Islam.


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