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Tuti-nama: The origin of music from a fabulous bird of India which had seven holes in its beak (Tale XIV)

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Title: Tuti-nama: The origin of music from a fabulous bird of India which had seven holes in its beak (Tale XIV)
Author(s): Cleveland Museum of Art
Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Mughal Miniatures: Tuti-nama (Cleveland)
Description: The stippled foliage of the tree on the left is characteristic of the manner in which trees are generally treated in this manuscript. The tree on the right is like similar conventions seen in the Western Indian style and the Nimat-Nama, though the massive gnarled trunk is typically Mughal as are the pink and brown rocky mounds, and the birds. The vivid lacquer-red background, the iconography and the composition anticipate well-known early Ragamala pictures from Rajasthan, but this miniature is probably derived from a series of the Chaurapanchasika type, similar to the Ragini Bhairavi now in Victoria & Albert Museum. The work is of excellent quality, to be ranked with the finest paintings in the manuscript, and obviously by an artist of the greatest competence. -- Folio 110 verso.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2758


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