Gum tempera on paper
Page: 32.4 x 23.5 cm (12 3/4 x 9 1/4 in.); Miniature: 29.8 x 21.6 cm (11 3/4 x 8 1/2 in.)
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.161
The central flower is a scarlet-colored poppy, famed for yielding opium.
Studies of flower vases in the European manner became a popular subject matter in Indian miniature painting since the reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangir (r. 1605–27). The artists would copy Dutch prints, such as those by Jan van Huysum (Dutch, 1862–1749), and render them in Mughal fashion. Here, in a painting made at a Rajasthani court, the entire bouquet grows magically out of the ground from a single stem.
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