Folio from an illustrated manuscript of Anis-al-Hajjaj // Deccani // A.H. 1087-1666 CE
One section of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum is dedicated to the art of Indian miniature painting between the 14th and 19th centuries. In this gallery space the brilliantly painted manuscripts are adorned with beautifully written calligraphy. For the “Turban Study” by Shakir Ali, the manuscripts illustrating various styles of turbans are juxtaposed with three-dimensional turbans. These were a few of my favorite pieces that were on view.
Reverse of the painting decorated with calligraphy // Deccani, Golkonda // Mid 18th century CE
Turban Study // Shakir Ali // 21st century CE