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Indian Miniature Paintings

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Indian Miniature Paintings

Indian Miniature Paintings We've just come back from a short trip around Rajasthan looking at a couple of towns we've not seen before and I've come to appreciate an art form I've never taken much interest in. Indian Miniature Paintings. When I first travelled to India, almost 40 years ago, I wasn't inspired by the Indian miniature paintings that everyone seemed to be trying to sell you. These days pashminas seem to have taken their place as the one thing its assumed you'll want to buy. The painting of Indian Miniatures began in the 16th century, in the Mogul period that...

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Indian Miniatures,Textiles & Stepwells

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Indian Miniatures,Textiles & Stepwells

We're just back from a whirlwind tour of small towns in Rajasthan, Indian's colourful desert state of ancient forts. We've been in search of Indian miniature paintings and beautiful textiles and also something that's fascinated me for years - ancient stepwells or baoris. Stepwells are like huge inverted pyramids cut deep into the ground in search of the fluctuating water table. In the dry landscape of Rajasthan there are no rivers. Lined with stone with sometimes hundreds of steps down to the water they became refuges from the heat and a place to rest and socialise. They were built between the...

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Gond Drawing of a Magical Deer and a Bird

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Gond Drawing of a Magical Deer and a Bird

Gond folk art paintings seem to suggest that in the world of the Gond people all nature, all life, is interconnected. Their paintings create a magical world where people, animals and trees can all morph into one another. This drawing in black ink on thick ivory coloured paper measures 28x35cm. It features the side view of a deer with its head turned back to look at a bird sitting on its back. The bird is facing back away from the deer but its head is also turned to look at the face of the deer. Their faces are almost touching...

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Gond Folk Art Paintings from India

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Gond Folk Art Paintings from India

The Gond are a large tribal group mostly located in the central Indian state of Madya Pradesh. They decorate the walls of their houses with images of the world as they see it, with the belief that a good image produces good fortune. One of the wonderful aspects of Gond drawings and paintings is that nature seems to be in harmony, plants, trees birds, insects and even humans appear to easily cohabit the same space. Traditionally a mother taught her daughter how to create these paintings and they would have used locally made mineral and plant colours. Like other Indian...

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Images of the Buddha in the Himalaya 2

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Images of the Buddha in the Himalaya 2

Karnak, Ladakh. Karnak is an area of southern Ladakh, northern India. In 2007 we trekked there for 12 days, starting and finishing on the Leh-Manali highway. Trek day 9. After lunch we leave Lahtoo and walk on. The morning’s greenery is left behind as the valley develops into a hot, wide plain. I walk alongside Stanzin and we discuss the effect Buddhism has on his view of life. We pass long mani walls of stones carved with Om Mani Padme Hum an finally turn a corner to see the village of Dat and our tents pitched on a vivid green plain...

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