Miniature Paintings from South Asia

Two contrasting image types dominate the long history of painting on the Indian subcontinent: the large-scale mural, which decorated the walls of temples and royal palaces, and the miniature that illustrated the stories of both sacred and secular manuscripts.
, 'Portrait of Sharif [ . . . ] from the Salim Album,' ca. 1600, Princeton University Art Museum

Portrait of Sharif [ . . . ] from the Salim Album, ca. 1600

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, 'The Goddess Durga Slaying Demons from the Devi Mahatmya,' 18th century, Princeton University Art Museum

The Goddess Durga Slaying Demons from the Devi Mahatmya, 18th century

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, 'A prince visiting a female ascetic,' early 18th century, Princeton University Art Museum

A prince visiting a female ascetic, early 18th century

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, 'Deities and Demons Performing the Yajna Sacrifice from the Devi Mahatmya,' 18th century, Princeton University Art Museum

Deities and Demons Performing the Yajna Sacrifice from the Devi Mahatmya, 18th century

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, 'Demons Receiving Deities,' 18th century, Princeton University Art Museum

Demons Receiving Deities, 18th century

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, 'The Goddess Durga on a Lion from the Devi Mahatmya,' 18th century, Princeton University Art Museum

The Goddess Durga on a Lion from the Devi Mahatmya, 18th century

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, 'Arjuna Beheading Karna with an Anjalike Weapon from the Razmnama (Book of War),' 1598-1599, Princeton University Art Museum

Arjuna Beheading Karna with an Anjalike Weapon from the Razmnama (Book of War), 1598-1599

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, 'Feast at Sultan Jalāu’d-dīn’s House at Karrah from the Baburnama (Book of Babur),' ca. 1598, Princeton University Art Museum

Feast at Sultan Jalāu’d-dīn’s House at Karrah from the Baburnama (Book of Babur), ca. 1598

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, 'Ferocius Falcon,' late 18th century, Princeton University Art Museum

Ferocius Falcon, late 18th century

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, 'The Goddess Durga Slaying Demons from the Devi Mahatmya,' 18th century, Princeton University Art Museum

The Goddess Durga Slaying Demons from the Devi Mahatmya, 18th century

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, 'Maheshvari on Nandi the Bull and Brahmani on Hanisa the Ostrich from the Devi Mahatmya,' 18th century, Princeton University Art Museum

Maheshvari on Nandi the Bull and Brahmani on Hanisa the Ostrich from the Devi Mahatmya, 18th century

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