The Higher Regions of Paradise and Heaven

Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, 18th century
Mughal Court
Mughal School
Color and gold on paper
H x W: 62.2 x 40.5 cm (24 1/2 x 15 15/16 in)
India, Possibly Delhi
Credit Line
Gift of Professor Alban G. Widgery of Winchester, Virginia
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


angel, garden, heaven, India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), paradise
Provenance research underway.

This painting depicts the Islamic conception of the Garden of Paradise and the Garden of Eden. Flanking the Garden of Paradise is the throne of God in the painting's upper half and  Abraham, Moses, and Aaron in the three lowest registers. The Persian inscriptions are written in nasta'liq script. For its pair, see F1968.2

Published References
  • Nerina Rustomji. The Garden and the Fire: Heaven and Hell in Islamic Culture. New York. cover.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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