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A peri, or fairy, riding a magic camel

  • Description

    Composite animal figures, such as this camel ridden by a peri (fairy) playing a harp, were a popular minor genre in the Mughal period, allowing the court artists to display their technical skill, visual wit and sense of fantasy.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthansouth Rajasthan Udaipur (place of creation)
    c. 1680
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    mount 55.9 x 40.6 cm (height x width)
    page 27 x 19.5 cm (height x width)
    painting with border 23.9 x 16.6 cm max. (height x width)
    painting without border 22.5 x 15.2 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    Presented by Dr Catherine Benkaim, 2003.
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  • Further reading

    Del Bonta, Robert J., ‘Indian Composite Paintings: A Playful Art’, Orientations, January, (1996), fig.11

    Markel, Stephen, ‘The Use of Flora and Fauna Imagery in Mughal Decorative Arts’, Som Prakash Verma, ed., Flora and Fauna in Mughal Art (Mumbai: Marg Publications on behalf of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, 1999), fig.2


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