Deccani art had three phases. The early phase evolved at the Adil Shahi Court of Bijapur in the beginning of the 16th century AD. On his invitation, several Iranian, Persian and Turkish painters, calligraphers and scholars came to his court. Deccani miniature paintings retain the rhythmic delicacy of Persian, the lush sensuality of the Deccan, and restraint of European and Turkish portraiture. This painting reveals a combination of bold simplicity of form with intricate surface effects like a richly inlaid piece of Deccani metalwork when examined closely. The horse is composite figure of many animals.


  • Title: Composite horse
  • Date: 1750/1750
  • Location: India
  • Physical Dimensions: Paper, 30.2 L X 23.0 W
  • Type: Miniature painting
  • Accession Number: MSP-679

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