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Indian Miniature Painting

IMG_8239Folio 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.

IMG_8245Reverse of the painting decorated with calligraphy // Deccani, Golkonda // Mid 18th century CE

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Turban Study // Shakir Ali // 21st century CE

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

DSC09913.jpgFormerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum in Mumbai has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010. Designed by architect George Wittet to honor the visit of the Prince of Wales in the 1990s, the museum reflects the Indo-Saracenic architectural style. This style combines elements of Hindu (geometric patterns) and Saracenic architecture (domes and pointed arches) to create this monumental structure. The museum is home to approximately 50,000 works including sculpture, European paintings, Chinese and Japanese antiquities and textiles.

SONY DSC The Buddhas Within // Satish Gupta // Copper and stainless steel with gold leafing

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The Buddhas Within // Satish Gupta // Copper and stainless steel with gold leafing

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Jewellery Box // Ivory // Delhi // 1903 CE

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Mandapa // Polychrome Wood // Gujarat // 17th century CE & Jaina Tirthankara // Marble // Gujarat // Late Medieval

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Tirthapata // Polychrome Wood // Gujarat // early 20th century CE