This lively scene, dominated by a large European sail boat (caravel) carrying wares for trade, takes its inspiration from two paintings by the artist Miskin. The first comparable work is an illustration to the Anwar-i Suhaili which is signed by Miskin and dated 1596, now in the Bharat Kala Bhavan in Varanasi. That shows a larger and a smaller vessel like the ones illustrated in our painting set against a background with European architecture and birds flying above (Milo Cleveland Beach, The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court, Washington D.C., 1981, pp.122-23, fig.14). The second closely related painting which Beach attributes to Miskin and dates to circa 1590 is probably a depiction of Noah’s Ark this time with a single large vessel set in the open sea. The depiction of Noah’s Ark like our work includes a learned man consulting a form of an astrological globe in an almost identical posture (Milo Cleveland Beach, op.cit., Washington D.C., 1981, p.60, cat. 13).
For another painting from the same album, see the preceding lot.