All That I Am (1993/4) by Amrit and Rabindra K.D. Kaur Singh (The Singh Twins). Source: Julian Spalding
'Nineteen Eighty-Four' (The Storming Of 'The Golden Temple')
1998 . Poster colour, gouache and gold dust on mountboard.
Artists: Amrit and Rabindra K.D.Kaur Singh (The Singh Twins)
Source: Julian Spalding
The Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) after Maharajah Ranjit Singh’s major restoration, Amritsar (India), c. 1840. Source: I See No Stranger: The Sikh Arts Virtual Museum Project.
An illustration from the Mahabharata
Nepal, c. 1800
Depicting the five Pandava brothers dispatching and setting fire to their enemy within a striped tent, with scavengers, vultures and ghouls in the foreground, the relevant text written above
Opaque pigments and gold on wasli
Source: The Sampradaya Sun
A pair of wooden book covers possibly depicting the tantric forms of Ashta Matrika, or the Eight Mothers. Nepal, second half of the 17th century. Opaque pigments and gold on wood.
Prajnaparamita Manuscript Page
Circa 13th- 14th century
Maitreya and Mañjuśrī, from a Satasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā manuscript, Dolpo, Nesar monastery. Source: Asianart.com
Manuscript cover with scenes from Kalidasa’s play Shakuntala, 12th century, Nepal.
Source: Met Museum
A Palace Complex with Harem Gardens. India, Lucknow or Faizabad, c. 1765.
The miniature, whose primary motif is a fantastic palace complex populated by a prince’s concubines along with their female servants and guards, in a way depicts the world as one great garden. In the distance we see the prince on the back of an elephant, and on the other side of the river all manner of activities are taking place that form a powerful contrast to the perhaps pleasant but enforced idleness of the women of the harem.
The painting has been attributed to Faiz Allah, one of the many skilled artists who worked in the growing provincial courts at the time when the Mughals’ power was waning. He was familiar with the concept of European linear perspective, but he disregarded its laws, either deliberately or unintentionally.
Text & Image: The David Collection
Miniature from a copy of the Ramayana. “Sita Shies Away from Hanuman, Believing He is Ravana in Disguise” India, Mughal; 1594
Known for his religious tolerance, the great Mughal Akbar had holy Hindu scriptures translated into Persian. He presented the magnificent copy of the Ramayana from which this miniature comes to his mother, Hamida Bano also known as ‘Maryam Makani’, in 1594. On the flyleaf is a note that the manuscript was viewed by Maryam Makani in August 1604, apparently when she was on her deathbed.
Text & Image: The David Collection | Persian Ramayanas (Rana Safvi / Tehelka)