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Name of Object:

Hamzanama: Mahlaj shows his skill to Zumurrud Shah and runs a spear through a tree

Location:

Vienna, Austria

Holding Museum:

MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art

About MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna

Date of Object:

AD 1557–1577

Museum Inventory Number:

BI 08770-42r

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Painting on cotton

Period / Dynasty

Mughal

Provenance:

India

Description:

"Mahlaj mounted a horse and began to exhibit his skill in
spear-throwing. A camel stuffed with sand was brought, and Mahlaj charged it and planted his spear into its side in such a way that it passed straight through. Then he picked up the camel and its load and hurled it over his head. A cheer arose from the people. Next he speared the tree so hard that it split in two. 'My Lord,' said Mahlaj, 'if anyone can pull this spear out of the tree, he will have performed a real feat.' This he said, and he dismounted."

Citation of this web page:

 "Hamzanama: Mahlaj shows his skill to Zumurrud Shah and runs a spear through a tree" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;at;Mus21;6;en

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