Naan wa Halwa (Bread and Sweets), is an illustrated manuscript about the merits of ascetic life. It was composed in Persian by the Sufi poet Muhammad Baha’al-Din ‘Amili (1547-1621). This illustrated version of the text reveals the lively and fertile mixture of Mughal, Rajput, and Deccani painting traditions that co-existed in Aurangabad at the end of the seventeenth century. The manuscript consists of twenty-four folios. Four depict episodes from the poem (in this case, with considerable wit) inside richly painted borders; several of the text folios are illuminated with appealing floral motifs; and one fly leaf bears a striking panel of anthropomorphised calligraphy in the form of a face.
Bound in leather, this manuscript’s pages are illustrated using Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold and dates back to approximately 1600 AD.The Backstory
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