A late 19th century set of Indian miniature paintings

A late 19th century set of Indian miniature paintings

India, c. 1890

All depicted in watercolour heightened with body colour and gilding, delicately painted onto oval ivory panels showing famous architectural monuments of the 17th century Mughal empire, in the centre the Diwan-i-Khas, in the Red Fort, Delhi, surrounded by depictions of the Mausoleum of Akbar, Sikandra, the Taj Mahal, Agra, the Kashmiri Gate, Delhi and the Red Fort, Delhi.

The Diwan-i-Khas or Hall of Private Audiences was completed in 1640 and was where the Mughal Emperor would meet visiting dignitaries. Measuring 90 – 67 feet, an artificial stream ran through the centre of the hall and billowing red awnings, fixed to the outside, kept it cool. The ceiling was covered in gold and silver work and the carved white marble columns were further inlaid with semi-precious stones representing floral motifs. Above the scalloped arches leading to the Peacock Throne is verse by the 14th century Indian musician, poet and scholar, Amir Khusrow: “If there be a paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this.”

External Height 37.00cm (14.57inches)
External Width 27.00cm (10.63inches)
External Depth 3.00cm (1.18inches)

Ref No. P030


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