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Basavana Collection

Basavana, an Indian artist active in the late 16th century, left behind a rich legacy of captivating artworks

Background imageBasavana Collection: Hindu Monk (w/c on paper)

Hindu Monk (w/c on paper)
1764429 Hindu Monk (w/c on paper) by Indian School; Dinodia

Background imageBasavana Collection: Hindu Monk (colour litho)

Hindu Monk (colour litho)
1764428 Hindu Monk (colour litho) by Indian School; Dinodia

Background imageBasavana Collection: Hindu Monks (w/c on paper)

Hindu Monks (w/c on paper)
1764430 Hindu Monks (w/c on paper) by Indian School; Dinodia

Background imageBasavana Collection: The Imam of Baghdad brought before the Caliph on a charge of heresy from

The Imam of Baghdad brought before the Caliph on a charge of heresy from the Tarikh-i-Alfi, ca. 1592 - 1594

Background imageBasavana Collection: Tumanba Khan, His Wife, and His Nine Sons, Folio from a Chingiznama... ca. 1596

Tumanba Khan, His Wife, and His Nine Sons, Folio from a Chingiznama... ca. 1596
Tumanba Khan, His Wife, and His Nine Sons, Folio from a Chingiznama (Book of Genghis Khan), ca. 1596. Commissioned by emperor Akbar

Background imageBasavana Collection: The siege of Arbela in the era of Hulagu Khan, from a Chingiz-nama... c. 1596. Creator

The siege of Arbela in the era of Hulagu Khan, from a Chingiz-nama... c. 1596. Creator
The siege of Arbela in the era of Hulagu Khan, from a Chingiz-nama (Book of Chingiz Khan) of the Jami al-tavarikh (Compendium of Chronicles) of Rashid al-Din (Persian, 1247-1318), c. 1596

Background imageBasavana Collection: The siege of Arbela in the era of Hulagu Khan, page from a Chingiz-nama... c. 1596

The siege of Arbela in the era of Hulagu Khan, page from a Chingiz-nama... c. 1596
The siege of Arbela in the era of Hulagu Khan, page from a Chingiz-nama (Book of Chingiz Khan) of the Jami al-tavarikh (Compendium of Chronicles) of Rashid al-Din (Persian, 1247-1318), c. 1596

Background imageBasavana Collection: Page from Tales of a Parrot (Tuti-nama): Fifth night: The hunter offers the mother

Page from Tales of a Parrot (Tuti-nama): Fifth night: The hunter offers the mother parrot to the king of Kamarupa, c. 1560

Background imageBasavana Collection: A mendicant bowing before a holy man, from the Prince Salim Album, c. 1585. Creator

A mendicant bowing before a holy man, from the Prince Salim Album, c. 1585. Creator
A mendicant bowing before a holy man, from the Prince Salim Album, c. 1585; inner border added in Allahabad c. 1602; outer border added probably 1900s

Background imageBasavana Collection: Jain Ascetic Walking Along a Riverbank, c. 1600. Creator: Basavana (Indian, active c

Jain Ascetic Walking Along a Riverbank, c. 1600. Creator: Basavana (Indian, active c
Jain Ascetic Walking Along a Riverbank, c. 1600

Background imageBasavana Collection: Calligraphy, c. 1596. Creator: Basavana (Indian, active c. 1560-1600); Sur Das (Indian)

Calligraphy, c. 1596. Creator: Basavana (Indian, active c. 1560-1600); Sur Das (Indian)
Calligraphy, c. 1596. The fortress at Arbela, present-day Irbil, marked the center of Kurdistan in northern Iraq, homeland to the ethnic Kurds

Background imageBasavana Collection: A Holy Man Prostrating Himself Before a Learned Prince, c. 1585; border added probably 1700s

A Holy Man Prostrating Himself Before a Learned Prince, c. 1585; border added probably 1700s

Background imageBasavana Collection: Calligraphy 1596 Basavana Indian active 1560–1600

Calligraphy 1596 Basavana Indian active 1560–1600
Calligraphy, c. 1596. Basavana (Indian, active c. 1560-1600), Sur Das (Indian). Ink and color on paper; image: 34 x 20 cm (13 3/8 x 7 7/8 in.); overall: 38.5 x 25 cm (15 3/16 x 9 13/16 in.); with mat

Background imageBasavana Collection: siege Arbela era Hulagu Khan page Chingiz-nama

siege Arbela era Hulagu Khan page Chingiz-nama
The siege of Arbela in the era of Hulagu Khan, page from a Chingiz-nama (Book of Chingiz Khan) of the Jami al-tavarikh (Compendium of Chronicles) of Rashid al-Din (Persian, 1247-1318), c. 1596

Background imageBasavana Collection: siege Arbela era Hulagu Khan Chingiz-nama Book

siege Arbela era Hulagu Khan Chingiz-nama Book
The siege of Arbela in the era of Hulagu Khan, from a Chingiz-nama (Book of Chingiz Khan) of the Jami al-tavarikh (Compendium of Chronicles) of Rashid al-Din (Persian, 1247-1318), c. 1596

Background imageBasavana Collection: A Holy Man Prostrating Himself Learned Prince

A Holy Man Prostrating Himself Learned Prince
A Holy Man Prostrating Himself Before a Learned Prince, c. 1585; border added probably 1700s. Attributed to Manohar (Indian), and Basavana (Indian, active c. 1560-1600)

Background imageBasavana Collection: A mendicant bowing holy man Prince Salim Album

A mendicant bowing holy man Prince Salim Album
A mendicant bowing before a holy man, from the Prince Salim Album, c. 1585; inner border added in Allahabad c. 1602; outer border added probably 1900s. Basavana (Indian, active c. 1560-1600)


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Basavana, an Indian artist active in the late 16th century, left behind a rich legacy of captivating artworks. His works spanned various genres and themes, showcasing his versatility and skill. One notable piece is "The Imam of Baghdad brought before the Caliph on a charge of heresy from Tumanba Khan, His Wife, and His Nine Sons. " This intricate artwork depicts a dramatic scene where the Imam faces accusations of heresy. Basavana's attention to detail brings this historical event to life. In another work titled "The siege of Arbela in the era of Hulagu Khan, " Basavana captures the intensity and chaos of war. The meticulous brushstrokes convey the brutality and destruction that unfolded during this period. It also showcased his talent for storytelling through illustrations like "Page from Tales of a Parrot (Tuti-nama): Fifth night: The hunter offers the mother" and "Page from Tales of a Parrot (Tuti-nama): Thirty-first night: The donkey, in a tiger's skin. " These vibrant illustrations transport viewers into enchanting narratives filled with animals, hunters, and mythical creatures. Additionally, Basavana demonstrated his mastery in calligraphy with works such as "Calligraphy" created in 1596. Collaborating with Sur Das, he crafted beautifully written verses that blend artistry with spirituality. Basavana's artistic prowess extended beyond narrative scenes; he also depicted moments capturing devotion and humility. In one painting titled "A mendicant bowing before a holy man, " he portrays reverence towards spiritual figures while evoking tranquility through serene landscapes. Another intriguing artwork by Basavana showcases Jain ascetics walking along a riverbank. Through delicate brushwork, he conveys their austere lifestyle amidst nature's beauty—a testament to their unwavering faith. Although limited information exists about Basavana himself, his artworks speak volumes about his talent as an artist who captured history, spirituality, and storytelling in his brushstrokes.