Painting, Christ raises a youth from the Dead in Nain

This Indian miniature painting of Christ raising a youth from the dead depicts an episode from the Bible (Luke 7:11–17). Set in a burial ground, the pallbearers wear Portuguese outfits. The painting was once part of one of the three illustrated copies of the Mirʾāt al-quds (Mirror of Holiness), a Life of Christ commissioned by the Mughal emperor Akbar (reigned 1556–1605) from the Jesuit Father Jerome Xavier (1549–1617). The commission shows that the Muslim Akbar was quite worldly, and interested in other religions.

Date/Period
ca 1605
Region
India, Mughal school, Allahabad
Dimension
Object size: 36.7 x 23.6 cm
Accession No.
2015-00582
Material
Opaque watercolour and ink on paper
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Paintings