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South Asian / Indian Art, Illustration, Graphic Design & Typography. Formerly at eyeburfi.tumblr.com. Twitter: @eyeburfi.

decadentiacoprofaga:

wineofwizardry:

The Book of Wonders of the Age

St Andrews ms32(o). Source and more about it.

The manuscript is actually incomplete parts of 2 works, bound together, the first being an abbreviated section of Haiyat al-Haiyawan حَياةالْحَيوانالكُبرىor Lives of the Animals, by Muhammad Ibn Musa Kamal Ad-din Al-Damiri (1341-1405). It is a compilation of works by many authors on the 931 animals mentioned in the Qur’an, including folklore, proverbs, lawfulness of hunting and eating, medical uses and meaning of names, the interpretation of dreams about each animal, and often a quirky miniature painting of one or many of the creatures in question.(…)

The second part of the manuscript consists of extravagantly illustrated extracts from the ‘Wonders of the Seven Seas’ section of ‘Aja’ib al-makhluqat wa-ghara’ib al-mawjudat (Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing) by Abu Yahya Zakariya ibn Muhammad ibn Mahmud-al-Qazwini (ca. 1203-1283 CE), known as al-Qazwini. This cosmography was originally written in Arabic but often translated into Persian and Turkish and numerous manuscripts survive. The complete work deals with the heavenly sphere, combining astrology with astronomy; then the earthly sphere and the 4 elements that make it up. (…)

Although the manuscript is in Persian, it was created and illustrated in India, probably in the 18th century – it bears no date or names of the copyist or artist.

(Source: the-seraphic-book-of-eloy)

leradr:

Himalayan Hell

Men falling from rearing horses. Pahari, style of Nainsukh; mid 18th century. From Stages of Depiction: Indian Drawings, 17th-19th Centuries, Hurst Gallery  

Men falling from rearing horses. Pahari, style of Nainsukh; mid 18th century. From Stages of Depiction: Indian Drawings, 17th-19th Centuries, Hurst Gallery  

animus-inviolabilis:

The Goddess Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon, Mahishaca. 1760India (Rajasthan, Mewar)
Durga has already cut off Mahisha’s buffalo head and is shown bearing down on his human form, which emerges from the bleeding neck.

animus-inviolabilis:

The Goddess Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon, Mahisha
ca. 1760
India (Rajasthan, Mewar)

Durga has already cut off Mahisha’s buffalo head and is shown bearing down on his human form, which emerges from the bleeding neck.

latticelight:
Krishna Quelling the Serpent King Kaliya India, Himachal Pradesh, Guler, circa 1775-1800. Ink and opaque watercolor on paper.

latticelight:

Krishna Quelling the Serpent King Kaliya India, Himachal Pradesh, Guler, circa 1775-1800. Ink and opaque watercolor on paper.
Descent of the Holy Family from Mount Kailasa. India, Himachal Pradesh, Guler or Mandi, attributed to Sajnu, circa 1810-20. Source: Christie’s

Descent of the Holy Family from Mount KailasaIndia, Himachal Pradesh, Guler or Mandi, attributed to Sajnu, circa 1810-20. Source: Christie’s

The Holy Family. c 1780-1800  Pahari, Kangra or Garhwal. Source: Art Gallery NSW
Shiva swaying to the music played by his wife Parvati, and his elephant-headed son, Ganesha.  Shiva’s multi-headed son, Kartikeya, his bull mount, Nandi, Ganesha’s rat mount and Kartikeya’s peacock mount are also seen.

The Holy Family. c 1780-1800  Pahari, Kangra or Garhwal. Source: Art Gallery NSW

Shiva swaying to the music played by his wife Parvati, and his elephant-headed son, Ganesha.  Shiva’s multi-headed son, Kartikeya, his bull mount, Nandi, Ganesha’s rat mount and Kartikeya’s peacock mount are also seen.

Shiva, Parvati and Family, Guler, c 1780. The holy family in a domestic scene, darning cloth and stringing a garland of skulls

Shiva, Parvati and Family, Guler, c 1780. The holy family in a domestic scene, darning cloth and stringing a garland of skulls

A Domestic Scene of Shiva and Parvati with Family India, Himachal Pradesh, Guler or Mandi, attributed to Sajnu, circa 1810-20.
This painting by the Pahari painter Sajnu depicts Shiva and Parvati straining bhang for drinking. Scenes of the Holy Family in domestic bliss were a popular theme with Pahari painters. In these scenes, Shiva is transformed and humanized from the wild ascetic to a doting husband and father, though still retaining trappings of his divine status. 
Source: Indian Routes 

A Domestic Scene of Shiva and Parvati with Family India, Himachal Pradesh, Guler or Mandi, attributed to Sajnu, circa 1810-20.

This painting by the Pahari painter Sajnu depicts Shiva and Parvati straining bhang for drinking. Scenes of the Holy Family in domestic bliss were a popular theme with Pahari painters. In these scenes, Shiva is transformed and humanized from the wild ascetic to a doting husband and father, though still retaining trappings of his divine status. 

Source: Indian Routes 

Ravana shaking Mount Kailash, c 1790-1800, Mandi. Source: National Museum.
 
 
Ravana shaking Mount Kailash, c 1790-1800, Mandi. Source: National Museum.
 

 

Karni Bharni 18th c. From the exhibition The Body in Indian Art. Source: Europalia.India 

Karni Bharni 18th c. From the exhibition The Body in Indian Art. Source: Europalia.India 

bulletproofbhatki:

Krishna the Divine Lover
Malwa region, Central India, circa 1720
Opaque watercolour and gold on paper
34 x 25

bulletproofbhatki:

Krishna the Divine Lover

Malwa region, Central India, circa 1720

Opaque watercolour and gold on paper

34 x 25

(Source: prahladbubbar.com)

Folio from a Ramayana: Lanka secured, Ravana retires to the harem. Marwar, circa 1780.  Source: Indian Miniature Paintings

Folio from a Ramayana: Lanka secured, Ravana retires to the harem. Marwar, circa 1780.  Source: Indian Miniature Paintings

Painting from the Mewar Ramayana: Rama and the exiles have returned home and he and his three brothers and helpers prepare themselves for his consecration as king.
Source: British Library, via Sanskrit Literature

Painting from the Mewar Ramayana: Rama and the exiles have returned home and he and his three brothers and helpers prepare themselves for his consecration as king.

Source: British Library, via Sanskrit Literature

Bhagavata Purana folio. Malwa, c. 1700-1725. Source: Indian Miniature Paintings 

Bhagavata Purana folio. Malwa, c. 1700-1725. Source: Indian Miniature Paintings 

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