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This striking miniature painting illustrates an imperial lady sitting on an elaborately decorated elephant. She holds a spear in her hand which showcases her strength and fearlessness. The beautiful integration of colours and strong emphasis on details make this an impressive work of art.
The process of painting on old paper as in this particular work, is a complicated one, where the page, taken from an old book, is first cleaned and then painted upon.
Marked by graceful lines and delicate brushwork, the miniature paintings of India have a glorious history, providing an artistic intimacy. They are not just meant to be observed, but read from top to bottom like a story.
Dating back to the 7th Century in India, the miniature painting style went through several transformations, from the use of simple and subdued tones to showing exaggerated physical traits and bold colours. The art of Miniature Painting truly flourished under the patronage of the Mughals in the 16th century, depicting artistic excellence along with the richness of colour effects. The most notable traditions of miniature paintings are of Mughal, Rajasthani, Pahari and Deccani courts. Themes included portraits, court scenes, devotion, nature, mythology, poetry and love.
An extremely nuanced art form, the finer details in miniatures are painted with brushes made of squirrel hair. All the works under this genre are reflective of the intensive combined effort of the artisans. The face being the most important part, is typically executed by the master artist.
|Size:||13 x 8.5 inches|
|Medium:||Miniature Painting on Old Page|
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