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Illumination in the form of a vase

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  • Description

    This fantastical illumination may have appeared at the beginning or end of a Bijapur album or manuscript. Its decorative style follows earlier Islamic models, but the motif of the vase of plenty is an ancient one in Indian art, symbolising good fortune and fertility. Such vases often appear in 17th century Islamic architectural decoration in the Deccan.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiasouth IndiaKarnataka Bijapur (place of creation)
    c. 1650
    Associated people
    probably Muhammad Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur (ruled 1627 - 1656) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 33.5 x 24.7 x 1.5 cm (length x width x depth)
    painting 25.5 x 16.8 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 43 on p. 108, pp. 18 & 110, illus. p. 109

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