Akbar's General, Pir Muhammad, Drowns While Crossing the Narbada, 1562
from the Akbarnama


It depicts the drowning of Pir Muhammad Khan, one of the generals of the Mughal emperor Akbar (r.1556–1605), in the Narbada River in central India in 1562. In the centre of the picture the imperial army can be seen fording the river either on horseback or on inflated skins. Composed by the Mughal court artist Miskina with details painted by Paras. The variety of animals (horses, camels, goats, crocodiles, birds, fish and a monkey) demonstrates Miskina’s preoccupation with the animal kingdom. V & A Museum.

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Mughal Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers in the Akbarnama