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Item:254184919393LATE 18TH-EARLY 19TH CENTURY ANTIQUE MUGHAL (INDIA) ILLUMINATED MINIATURE FIGURATIVE MANUSCRIPT OPAQUE WATERCOLOR PAINTING OF ROYAL COURT, W/RECLINING QUEEN, KING, FEMALE ATTENDANTS & MUSICIAN(Circa 1795-1845)Antique Mughal miniature manuscript painting DIMENSIONS:Paper matting: 11" Height x 7 ½" WidthManuscript: 7 ¼" Height x 4 ¼" Width DESCRIPTION:This very colorful and incredibly rich, highly detailed late 18th-early 19th century antique Mughal (India) illuminated miniature manuscript opaque watercolor figurative painting, is one of a pair of similarly matted watercolor paintings removed from presumably the same antique Mughal bound manuscript volume, containing this pair of watercolors and many others. This is how we acquired this and the other works, in absolutely untouched, 'as-found,' undisturbed original condition and out-of-frame. The framing system is actually a paper one, consisting of red dyed paper that's hand-lined and would've acted as a kind of matting for the watercolor painting. There's 3 bands of Islamic text in cursive script, horizontally formatted along the top margin of the pictorial field. There's also handwritten Islamic text in cursive deep sepia brown toned ink, vertically formatted along the right margin of the pictorial field. The red matting paper is hinged to the top of the watercolor along the top margin from the back with what appears to be two blue labels of some sort. Everything was left 'as-is' and in the same condition it was found. Exceptional color and detail makes this antique late 18th to early 19th century Mughal illuminated miniature manuscript, figurative and architectural opaque watercolor painting an exceptional and memorable one. Extraordinarily beautiful. Simply gorgeous. FURTHER INFORMATION:Tales of earthly and spiritual love were recounted and reinterpreted by Persian poets from the 11th century onwards. Stories of lovers such as Yusuf and Zulaykha, Khusrau and Shirin, and Layla and Majnun were embraced not only in Iran but also in the neighboring Mughal and Ottoman empires. In courtly settings versified epics and lyrical couplets were copied into illustrated manuscripts for elite patrons in the eastern Islamic world, for whom poetry was a key component of cultural life from the 14th to the 18th centuries. Parallels and echoes of these timeless tales and the masterful words of poets such as Sa'di, 'Attar, Hafiz and Rumi intersect with European literature from the time of Dante and Shakespeare up to the present day. CONDITION:There are five very small, as in tiny pinholes on the surface of the paper of the painting. The only one that's even noticeable from any appreciable distance is the small perforation on the lower right margin of the pictorial field. The other pinholes can only be noticed when you very closely examine and look at the paper against light. The good thing is, all the figures, especially their faces, have no pinholes or interruptions on them. Just the female figure on the right side has a tiny pinhole on her leg.Condition:Good-Very Good overall antique cond: This very colorful & incredibly rich late 18th-early 19th c antique Mughal (India) illuminated miniature manuscript opaque W/C figurative painting, is one of a pair of similarly matted paintings removed from presumably the same antique Mughal vol, containing this pr of W/C's & many others. This of course, is how we acquired the work, in untouched, absolutely 'as-found,' undisturbed orig cond & out-of-frame. The framing system is actually a paper one, consisting of red dyed paper that's hand-lined & would've acted as a kind of matting for the W/C painting. There's also Islamic text in cursive deep sepia brown toned ink, vertically formatted along the right margin of the pictorial field. The red matting paper is hinged to the top of the W/C along the top margin from the back, w/what appears to be 2 blue labels of some sort. Everything was left 'as-is' & in the same cond it was when we acquired it. Without water damage or stains & w/incredible color., Hinged on back w/two blue tabs:Free from stains, creases, folds, Region of Origin:India, Few mentioned tiny holes in pict. field:Well-preserved vivid, rich, saturated color, One of a pair found together:Pair of W/C's from same antique manuscript, Age:Pre-1800, Primary Material:Opaque watercolor on paper, Maker:Unknown Mughal painter, Original/Reproduction:Antique Original, Mughal Empire:Illuminated miniature manuscript W/C painting, Hand painted:Hand decorated paper frame, Architecture: Palace terrace/tiled patio:Figures: Queen/King/attendants/musician, 100% unotuched, 'as-found,' orig cond:Unframed (matted in red dyed, lined paper, Type:Illuminated miniature manuscript painting, Color:Multi-Color
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18Th-19Th C Antique Mughal (India) Miniature Illuminated Manuscript Opaque W/C