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Monarch from the Deccan
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6.5" X 9.0"
$130
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Mumtaz Mahal
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8.0" x 11.0"
$350
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Garuda Flying with the Fighting Elephant and Tortoise
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Boar Hunt
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10.0" X 8.6"
$365
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Textile Trader
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10.0" X 13.0"
$325
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Love at First Sight
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15.0" X 12.0"
$415
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Paniharins
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13.0" X 10.0"
$325
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A Dance for Self Delight
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10.0" X 13.0"
$405
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Black Deer
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7.0" X 9.0"
$170
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Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib
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7.5" x 11"
$360
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Nayika Confiding in Her Pigeon Messenger
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11.5" X 20.5"
$170
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The Kite Workshop
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13" X 10"
$305
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Concert of a Couple Sharing a Common Passion
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10" X 13.25"
$480
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A Musical Party
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13.5 X 10.5"
$305
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Potteries Shop
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10.5" x 13.5"
$380
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Lady Adorning Herself
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11" x 14"
$155
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Beauty and Purity (Physical and the Divine)
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11" x 14"
$75
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The Bangle Shop
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13.5" x 10.5"
$380
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Ornaments
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5.0" x 7.0"
$85
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The Open Door
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9.0" X 6.5"
$250
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Mughal Nobles
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10.1" X 13.2"
$380
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Portrait of Shah Jahan
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11.0" X 14.5"
$305
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Woman Dressing Herself
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9.7" X 12.3"
$75
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Shy Bride
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9.5" X 12.5"
$75
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Lady Confides in Her Bird
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9.7" X 12.6"
$75
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Falcon
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12" x 16"
$360
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Portrait of a Princess
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9.5" X 12.5"
$155
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Princesses
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10.6" X 13.3"
$445
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Tying Anklets on the Royal Elephant
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15.1" X 11.8"
$305
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Princes
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10.6" X 13.3"
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The Maid Leads the Heroine to Her Lover
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10 inch X 13 inch
$350
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Polo on Elephants
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12.1" X 8.5"
$305
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Secluded Pleasures
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15.0" X 11.8"
$405
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Which is More Interesting – The Book, or the Parrot?
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10.5 inches X 13.8 inches
$380
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Allegorical Portrait of the God Mars
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10.3" X 14.5"
$435
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Nautch Girl
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10.5" x 15.5"
$215
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Princes in Waiting
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10.5" X 13.0"
$325
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Samarpita – The Heroine Devoted to Her Love
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6.3" X 9.0"
$200
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Elephants in Action
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11.7" X 8.1"
$150
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Princesses in Waiting
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10.5" X 13.0"
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An Elephant from the Royal Stables
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10.5" X 8.6"
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The Human Royal Meets the Wild One
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13.5" X 10.5"
$280
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The Royal Bull and His Female
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10.8" X 7.1"
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A Floral Delight
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5.7" X 8.4"
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Flowers in Bloom
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Capturing the Cheetah
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13.1" X 9.9"
$305
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A Colorful (and Joyous) Celebration of Life
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14.0" X 11.0"
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Vying for Center stage
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10.1" X 13.3"
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The Fruits of Colour
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9.8" X 12.8"
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Vishnu Killing the Demons Madhu and Kaitabha
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6.8" X 12.2"
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The Royal Horse
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9.5" X 7.6"
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Being Pampered
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6.8" X 9.6"
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The Princess
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6.6" X 9.3"
$115
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The Prince
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6.6" X 9.3"
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The Sufi
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9.5" X 12.5"
$260
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The Fruit Seller
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12.5" X 9.5"
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Flowers
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6.0" X 9.5"
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Jahangir Spearing a Lioness
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10.3" X 7.3"
$205
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Birds of a Feather
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8.2" X 10.7"
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A Royal Steed
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8.5" X 9.4"
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Horse and Accessories
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8.0" X 11.0"
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A Damsel Bedecked in Jewelry
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8.0" X 11.0"
$375
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The Elephant Fight
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11.0" x 8.5"
$150
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A Royal Ride
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5.0" x 8.0"
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A Composite Extravaganza
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15.0" x 11.5"
$580
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Seduction in Monochrome
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7.0" x 7.0"
$140
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Beauty In Movement
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13.0" x 10.0"
$305
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In the Harem
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13.5" x 10.5"
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Love on the Terrace (Bundi School)
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6.0" x 10.0"
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Elephant Herd
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6.5" x 10.5"
$325
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Mughal Painting

The Mughal school of painting runs parallel to the Mughal dynasty. It came into prominence in the sixteenth century, during the reign of king Akbar. It reached its zenith under the patronage of Akbar’s grandson – king Jahangir. The reign of the latter’s successor king Shah Jahan saw its decline and finally under the unsympathetic Aurangzeb it breathed its last. Indeed, as a school of art, the duration of Mughal painting was a limited one, extending only over approximately two and a half centuries. Actually, it has often been referred to as not exactly a school, but rather an exceptionally brilliant phase in Indian art.

The roots of Mughal painting lay in Samarkand and Herat, where under the patronage of the Timurid kings, Persian art reached its apogee. Babur, a descendant of Timur, and the founder of the Mughal dynasty, speaks of a person named ‘Bihzad’ as ‘a most eminent painter’. It was with the descendants of Bihzad and the deep personal interest taken by Akbar, the grandson of king Babur, that the Mughal school of art started off with a flourish.

Regarding the aesthetics of Mughal painting, one exceptional feature is its commitment to realism or the delineation of likeness. The subjects were majorly drawn from the extremely rich and magnificent court life under the Mughals. That this was a flourishing art during Akbar’s reign is borne out by the list of more than forty painters found in a book written during his era.

However, it was under Akbar’s son Jehangir that Mughal painting gained its highest peaks. Not only portraits and hunting scenes, but also scientific studies of botany and natural history found favor with the artists under the king’s support. The Mughal painters were asked to paint unusual specimens of flora and fauna in their exact likeness. Some of these skilfully painted pictures have survived till today, narrating to us the uniqueness of those rich times.

Under the reign of Shajahan, son of Jahangir, the Mughal school of painting entered its decline. The actual treatment of the subject matter is replaced with more decorative embellishments like rich flowery borders etc. Under Shahjahan architecture scaled new peaks (Taj Mahal etc.), but painting deteriorated. Finally, with the rise of Aurangzeb, Mughal painting breathed its last.