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Indian Miniature Paintings

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Indian Miniature Paintings

The painter Howard Hodgkin was a keen collected of Indian Miniatures although he only collected the larger pieces. Indian Miniature paintings are often commissioned for books and are usually executed on paper. You will also see similar styles of painting on a larger scale in palaces such as these at Bundi, a small town in Rajasthan. 

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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

We head into a magical world with the drawing of the deer's antlers which morph effortlessly into the branches of a tree, complete with numerous side branches, leaves and buds. Gond drawings and paintings are always magical but this drawin seems to be full of the appreciation of life and vision of harmony that is typical of the art of the Gond people.

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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, where nature seems to be in harmony, plants, trees, birds, insects and even humans.

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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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