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Two myna birds

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  • Description

    Two mynas (the Common or Indian Myna, Acridotheres tristis) stand silhouetted against a strong red ground. The Mughal artist captures well the mannerisms and natural inquisitiveness of the species. Often kept as cage birds, mynas were prized in India as elsewhere for their mimicry of the human voice and other sounds.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    c. 1620
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    frame 22.9 x 17.6 x 1.4 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 14.9 x 9.6 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. 13 on p. 48, pp. 18, & 154, illus. p. 49

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