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The Heroic Death in Battle of Rani Durgavati, 1564, Left Panel
from the Akbarnama


Left painted by Mughal court artists Kesav Kalan and Nar Singh. This shows Asaf Khan leading the Mughal forces in 1564 against Rani Durgavati, the ruler of the Gond Kingdom of Middle India. Asaf Khan was vizier to the Mughal emperor Akbar (r.15561605) and a highly effective military leader. The female ruler of the Gond tribe fell to Mughal forces after a fiercely contested battle, leading Akbar to admire her extraordinary bravery. V&A Museum

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