Indian Mughal Miniatures

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With their jewel-like colours and busy scenes, these Mughal pictures from the 18th and 19th centuries exemplify much of the appeal of Mughal miniature painting. The Mughal style derived from Persian painting, which had itself been heavily influenced by Chinese artistic traditions. Typical of the Mughal style are a high viewpoint, a range of vibrant colours, and crowded scenes (hunting scenes being a favourite). Also typical are the lavishly decorated borders, which are also derived from Persian miniature painting, with inscriptions in Persian against a ground of gold paint, and Persian-influenced abstract patterns.