Portraits of Mughal royalty, painted on ivory surfaces, were coveted by both the Indian and European elites. Miniature paintings on ivory were a popular art form in the Indian subcontinent. Thin translucent sheets of ivory were roughened and de-greased to make the surface retain paint. They were then bleached in the sun to make them whiter and the colours were made stickier by adding a binding material.


  • Title: Twelve Paintings of Delhi Royalty
  • Date: 1890/1950
  • Location: Delhi
  • Physical Dimensions: H = 24.4 cm, L = 15.2 cm, Wt. = 0.535gm
  • Material: Ivory, pigment, wood
  • Gallery: Industrial Arts Gallery

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