The Fight between Wazir Khan and Bahadur Khan Against 'Ali Quli Khan, near Chunar, 1567
from the Akbarnama


This illustration to the Akbarnama (Book of Akbar) depicts the fight that took place in 1567 between Wazir Khan and ‘Ali Quli Khan in order to free the captive Mughal noble Asaf Khan. Formerly loyal to the Mughal emperor Akbar (r.1556–1605), Asaf Khan had rebelled and, with his brother Wazir Khan, joined another disloyal faction, headed by ‘Ali Quli Khan and Bahadur Khan. However, they became disaffected with this new alliance and tried to flee, but Asaf Khan was captured, shackled and put inside an elephant litter (seen in the foreground). Wazir Khan attacked the rebels and freed the captive. The overall composition of the painting was designed by the Mughal court artist Jagan, with the details being painted by Narayan, except for the most important portraits which, according to the contemporary inscriptions at the bottom of the page, were done by Madhav the Younger. V & A Museum.
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