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Bears and Monkey from manuscript of book of fables Anwar i-Suhayli, dated 1570

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Title: Bears and Monkey from manuscript of book of fables Anwar i-Suhayli, dated 1570
Author(s): School of Oriental & African Studies
Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Hamza-Nama (Akbar period): Anwar i-Suhayli
Description: The black bears, common in Kashmir, are depicted with considerable realism and in a variety of life-like and expressive attitudes. Peculiar charm and freedom. The miniature, in spite of the Persian rocks, the Western suggestions in the trees and cloudy sky, and the traces of indigenous conventions in the manner of depicting water, is essentially Mughal in character. The colour is strong but not bright as in so many of the Hamza pages. Psychological relations between the figures, as compared with the almost entirely formal relation in the Persian style. There is movement, not violent but natural and vital. Even among the animals the actualism of the Mughal school is already apparent by 1570.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2793


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