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Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

The dervish and the king

The dervish and the king

From a leaf from a disbound manuscript of Jami, Baharistan (Garden of Spring), copied for Mughal Emperor Akbar, dated year 39, Ilahi era (1595 AD), Lahore. Painting by Laʿl.

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, MS Elliott 254, fol 17v

This is an additional leaf from the Baharistan manuscript prepared for Emperor Akbar at Lahore. The work was presented to the Bodleian Library in 1859 by the Bengal public servant JB Elliott, along with other significant manuscripts he acquired in India.

This leaf follows a vogue for illustrations of royalty meeting or sitting with Sufi mystics, which became popular during the era of Akbar. The emperor took a strong interest in religion and was an active patron of book production in the workshops attached to the royal palaces.

This image appears on the page: Mughal India

Love & devotion in the UK

The Bodleian Libraries is showing its own presentation of the Love and devotion exhibition at the Exhibition Room, Bodleian Library, in Oxford, England, between 29 November 2012 and 28 April 2013.

Learn more about how you can visit this exhibition on the Bodleian Libraries website.


Love and devotion: Persian Cultural Crossroads

This two-day conference held in April 2012 featured distinguished international guests and Australian specialists exploring cultural convergences in literature, the arts and architecture, history and philosophy within Persia's cultural sphere and Europe, from the 11th century to the present day.

For information on keynote speakers & topics discussed, visit our conference page

Visit the exhibition

The Love and devotion exhibition took place from 9 March to 1 July 2012. In-depth information about the exhibits and themes can be found on this website.

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