List of illustrations

  • Tritiyanushayana-Parakiya Nayika
  • A mendicant bowing before a holy man
  • Rustam Killing the White Demon
  • Radha offended
  • The sakhi addresses Radha
  • Rasa Lila
  • Maharaja Karan Singh's dream of Lakshmi and Narayana
  • Patamanjari Ragini
  • Krishna manifests himself as the cowherd boys and calves
  • Kedar ragini
  • Month of asadh
  • Illustrations of the verses of Sur Das
  • The Death of Khan Jahan Lodi (3 February 1631)
  • A nobleman resembling Baba Bakhat Singh with a wife or courtesan
  • Radha and Krishna meeting in the kunj (bower)
  • Maharana Amar Singh II in prayer
  • Maharana Jagat Singh hunting bear
  • Maharao Umed Singh hunting tigers
  • Portrait of Jahangir
  • Hanuman observing Lanka at night
  • Hanuman observing Lanka at night, detail
  • Akbar and Azim Khan at Dipalpur, detail
  • Hulagu Khan under a canopy, detail
  • The ten-headed Ravana (as he is typically depicted in the manuscript)
  • Page of an illuminated manuscript of the Shriviravakyanumatam version of the Shrikalakacaryakatha, detail
  • Page from a manuscript of the sayings of Mullah Do Piaza
  • Borders for an album page
  • Two old women with a young woman
  • A scene of cruelty in the zanana (women's quarters), detail
  • A scene of cruelty in the zanana (women's quarters), detail
  • Shah Jahan and Prince Dara Shikoh
  • Timur riding with an attendant
  • Birth of the Virgin
  • Birth of the Virgin
  • Ruler, possibly Shah Jahan, hunting deer with trained cheetahs
  • Emperor Aurangzeb shooting nilgai (type of antelope), detail of bush
  • Ruler, possibly Shah Jahan, hunting deer with trained cheetahs, detail of Mewar rabbits
  • A scene of the siege of Kandahar (Deccan), detail of Mughal rabbits
  • The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb holding audience
  • The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb holding audience, detail of attendant
  • Page of an illustrated Mullah Do Piaza, detail showing bearded face
  • Page of an illustrated Mullah Do Piaza, detail showing sleeve and robe
  • Page of an illustrated Kalila va Dimna, detail showing plinth
  • Page from an illustrated Mullah Do Piaza, detail showing hand
  • Sketchbook page filled with practice eyes
  • Portrait of Nadir Shah
  • Portrait of Nadir Shah, detail
  • Sample of handwriting
  • Sample of a painting inscription
  • The dream of Zulaykha
  • Maharana with courtesan on a terrace at night
  • Gang rape
  • Gang rape
  • Sukhdev and King Parikshit, detail
  • Radha and Krishna beside a Lake at Sunset, detail
  • Prithvi Raj Chauhan hunting a tiger, detail
  • Krishna manifests himself as the cowherd boys and calves, detail
  • Kota eye (a); Jodphur eye (b); Kishangarh eye (c); Deogarh/Udapir eye (style of Chokha) (d)
  • Rana Amar Singh II with his consort in a garden pavilion, detail
  • Maharana Amar Singh II in prayer, detail
  • Equestrian portrait of Rana Amar Singh II, detail
  • Rana Amar Singh II seated on a terrace with courtiers, detail
  • Portrait of Amar Singh II with the women of his zanana, detail of Maharana Amar Singh II
  • Portrait of Amar Singh II with musicians, detail of Maharana Amar Singh II
  • Equestrian portrait of Rana Amar Singh II, detail of Jodhpur horse
  • Rana Amar Singh II seated on a terrace with courtiers
  • Maharana Ari Singh II in darbar
  • Shah Jahan holding a spinel and a long Deccan sword
  • Portrait possibly of Mota Raja, Udai Singh of Marwar
  • Raja Jagat Singh of Kota
  • Maharaja Jai Singh I of Amber with Maharaja Gaj Singh of Marwar
  • Portion of a genealogical scroll
  • Maharana Raj Singh II riding an elephant, detail
  • Maharana Jagat Singh Hawks for Cranes
  • The Emperor Shah Jahan on the Peacock Throne
  • Maharana Pratap Singh
  • Attendants standing at a jharoka window
  • Maharana Amar Singh II of Mewar riding in procession with Maharaja Ajit Singh of Jodhpur and Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of Amber on the occasion of the 1708 alliance
  • Maharaja Prithvi Singh
  • Maharaja Man Singh
  • Maharao Kishore Singh watches Radha, Krishna, and the gopis, detail of Maharao Kishore Singh
  • Maharana Bhim Singh and Retinue Embark on a Hunt
  • Equestrian portrait of Rana Amar Singh II
  • Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh
  • Equestrian portrait of Maharao Chattar Sal of Kota, detail
  • Maharana Ari Singh II in durbar, detail of tiles
  • Maharana Ari Singh II in durbar, detail of Bagta in darbar
  • Layla and Majnun
  • Layla and Majnun
  • Layla and Majnun
  • The death of Majnun
  • Layla Visits Majnun in the Wilderness
  • Majnun visited by Layla, detail showing a cropped camel
  • Salim tells Majnun of his father's death
  • Majnun visited by his mother and Salim
  • Majnun in the desert
  • Barbad the minstrel approaching Khusraw
  • Plato (Aflatun) playing music to the animals
  • Majnun is Visited in the Wilderness by His Father, detail
  • Majnun in the wilderness
  • Majnun in the wilderness
  • Layla and Majnun in the wilderness with animals
  • Layla and Majnun
  • Layla and Majnun (the Kumar Miskin)
  • Layla and Majnun (the Bodleian Miskin)
  • The World of Animals
  • Kumar Miskin, detail of man with pot
  • Bodleian Miskin, detail of man with pot
  • Layla and Majnun
  • Majnun and the old man with Layla in the margins
  • Layla and Majnun
  • Layla visiting Majnun
  • Layla and Majnun
  • Layla and Majnun
  • Layla visiting Majnun
  • Layla and Majnun
  • Ibrahim Adham of Balkh
  • The Attractions of Music
  • Devgandhar ragini
  • Layla and Majnun
  • Layla and Majnun
  • Layla and Majnun
  • Layla and Majnun
  • Layla and Majnun, and Khusrau and Shirin
  • Layla and Majnun, and Khusrau and Shirin, detail
  • The qualities of the dervish
  • A young man seated on a terrace smoking a water pipe
  • Three peris (Perisan fairies) on a composite elephant with interstitial scenes
  • Three peris (Persian fairies) on a composite elephant with interstitial scenes, detail
  • Layla and Majnun, detail
  • Ibrahim Adham of Balkh, detail
  • Layla and Majnun, detail
  • Women hunt a multitude of animals
  • Layla and Majnun
  • Layla and Majnun (the Kumar Miskin), detail
  • Layla and Majnun
  • Layla and Majnun
  • Layla and Majnun
  • Layla and Majnun, detail
  • Mir Muizzu'l Mulk and Bahadur Khan, detail
  • Layla and Majnun (the Kumar Miskin), detail
  • Layla and Majnun, detail
  • Layla and Majnun, detail
  • Victory Tower (Jaya Sthambha)
  • Layla and Majnun, detail
  • Layla and Majnun (the Kumar Miskin), detail
  • Layla and Majnun, detail
  • Swooning at the Sight of the Beauteous Kamakandala
  • Maharana Bhim Singh and His Sons in the Surya Mahal
  • Maharana Bhim Singh and Retinue Embark on a Hunt, detail
  • A court beauty
  • Maharana Bhim Singh with a rani (queen) or pasawan (high-ranking mistress)
  • Maharana Bhim Singh with a rani or pasawan
  • Maharana Bhim Singh with a hawk
  • Maharana Bhim Singh of Udaipur Dresses for the Teej (Swing) Festival
  • Maharana Bhim Singh looking in a mirror while being bathed
  • Maharana Bhim Singh intoxicated
  • Rana Amar Singh II with his consort in a garden pavilion
  • Rawat Gokul Das and Maharana Bhim Singh worshipping Shri Girdhariji, detail
  • Maharana Bhim Singh with Asuaji Santidas
  • Rawat Ragho Das riding
  • Women at a Shiva shrine
  • Krishna uses a ruse to meet his beloved
  • Krishna Disguised as a Woman Approaches Radha
  • Kunvar Ragho Das of Devgarh and his five sons worshipping Shri Girdhariji, a form of Krishna
  • Krishna uses a ruse to meet his beloved, detail
  • Kunvar Ragho Das of Devgarh and his five sons worshipping Shri Girdhariji, a form of Krishna, detail
  • Hara Higul and Navab Ankhar Khan in battle
  • Preparatory drawing for Hara Higul and Navab Ankhar Khan in battle
  • Maharao Bhim Singh of Kotah Killing Khilich Khan in 1720
  • Maharana Bhim Singh Returns from the Hunt
  • Radha imitating Krishna
  • Scene of a Shravan ragini, detail
  • Radha and Krishna meeting in the kunj (bower), detail of Kota tree growing over a wall
  • Elephant in mast (rut)
  • A Woman Worshipping the Rising Sun (Surya Puja)
  • Rao Surjan Singh of Bundi hunting
  • Surajmalji, son of Rao Narayanadasa
  • Madhava Swooning before Kamakandala
  • Prithvi Raj Chauhan
  • Maharana Pratap Singh
  • Prithvi Raj Chauhan hunting a tiger, detail
  • Hunter, possibly Prithvi Raj Chauhan
  • Anthology of the early life of Krishna
  • Krishna Disguised as a Woman Approaches Radha, detail of Kota skyline and jungle canopy
  • Krishna spies Radha bathing, detail of Chokha skyline and jungle canopy
  • Radha and Krishna beside a Lake at Sunset, detail of Kota sunset
  • Madhavanala faints when he sees Kamakandala, detail of Chokha sunset
  • Hour of cowdust
  • Hour of cowdust
  • Krishna
  • Krishna milking a cow, detail of shepherd's cloak and staff
  • Maharana Bhim Singh with a rani or pasawan, detail of sword and shield
  • The rulers of Kota and Mewar paying their devotions to Shri Nathji
  • Maharana Jawan Singh of Mewar worshipping an icon
  • Maharana Bhim Singh with his wife or a courtesan
  • Krishna embraces Radha
  • Nayika
  • Prince with his wife or courtesan
  • Krishna spies Radha bathing
  • Madhavanala faints when he sees Kamakandala
  • Krishna with Gopis on a Riverbank
  • Maharao Kishore Singh watches Radha, Krishna, and the gopis
  • Maharao Kishore Singh watches Radha, Krishna, and the gopis, detail of Krishna
  • Maharao Kishore Singh watches Radha, Krishna, and the gopis, detail of Maharao Kishore Singh
  • The Hindu deity Krishna
  • Krishna embraces Radha, detail
  • Krishna and Radha, detail of Krishna
  • Shukadeva
  • Sukhdev and King Parikshit
  • Shukadeva
  • Shukadeva
  • Radha churns butter as she watches Krishna milk a cow
  • Maharana Pratap Singh
  • Maharana Pratap Singh
  • A court beauty, detail of hair and waist
  • Maharana Bhim Singh hunting, detail of trees
  • Maharana Bhim Singh hawking, detail of trees
  • Layla and Majnun, detail of trees
  • Madhavanala faints when he sees Kamakandala, detail of skirt
  • Maharana Bhim Singh with a rani or pasawan, detail of skirt
  • Swooning at the Sight of the Beauteous Kamakandala, detail of skirt
  • A court beauty, detail of skirt
  • Rao Madho Singh worshipping Krishna, detail
  • Radha and Krishna embracing, detail
  • Madhavanala faints at the sight of Kamakandala
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~My thanks, first of all, to the City College of New York and Dean Fred Reynolds, Cynthia Polsky, and the Millard Meiss Publication Fund of the College Art Association for their financial support of this project. The book is dedicated to Bannu ji, my first teacher in India. I would also like to remember his wife, Deepa, one of the warmest and most generous women I...
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Radha was unable to meet Krishna for their tryst, and the mango blossoms in his ears and pollen on his cheeks tell her he has been there all night waiting for her (fig. Int.1). She is sad. As Krishna comes toward her, he...
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~The illustrations to the circa 1625 Rasamanjari from the royal court at Mewar are brilliant with contrasting colors (see fig. Int.1). Red predominates, forms are prominently outlined, and compositions are compartmentalized, as if built from discrete units. Simple, bold, decorative patterns represent trees and flowers, and the...
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~In the last years of the seventeenth century, an unnamed painter drew his single-hair brush in one unwavering line from the top of the young maharana Amar Singh II’s head to the nape of his neck, tracing a long, gently arching nose, generous lips, and a slight chin. His drawing is part preparatory sketch, part finished portrait...
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~Meanings can be loosely associated with forms or they can be exact and concrete, and the lowest level of significance acquired in the daily life of a form often rises to become overt in a new context and even emblematic in its force. In the previous chapter, for instance, we saw how the relationships that sustained styles invested them with meaning and how these...
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~An early nineteenth-century Mewar painting pictures the Arab lovers Layla and Majnun (fig. 4.1). The painting’s soft voluptuous forms and shadowy washes are typical of the Mewar artist Chokha, whom scholars agree to be its author.Chokha’s style...
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~In the guise of a Brahmin priest, the young hero Madhavanala collapses, overwhelmed by the heroine Kamakandala’s extraordinary beauty, and her attendants hasten to revive him (fig. 5.1). The scene engages the shringara (erotic or amorous) rasa (taste...
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~The art historian Henri Focillon wrote: “We are always tempted to read into form a meaning other than its own” yet, “form has a significance and form is open to interpretation.... As old meanings are broken down and obliterated, new meanings attach themselves to...
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