W.701, Single leaf of Mullah Du Piyaza riding a horse
This painting depicts Mullah Dū Piyāzah (Two Onions) riding an emaciated horse and dates to the middle of the twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE. It was produced in India, perhaps Hyderabad. Mullah Dū Piyāzah, who features largely in folk verses and folk tales, was allegedly a jokester at the court of the third Mughal Emperor Akbar (949 AH / 1542 CE -- 1014 AH / 1605 CE). The witticisms of this character are directed at the Mughal elite, including Akbar himself. The painting is framed by a light green border with illuminated floral and fauna motifs.
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