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Miniature Art

The miniature paintings in Rajasthan developed during the medieval period. With the advent of Mughals in mid 16th century, the subjects of miniature paintings included portraits, court scenes, flora and fauna. Like Mughal art, Rajasthani paintings were meant to be kept in boxes or albums and to be viewed by passing from hand to hand. In the Rajput (in Rajasthan) and Pahari (in the Punjab hills) courts, paintings continued to bring to life poetry, age old legends, religious mythology and the moods of love and changing seasons. The emphasis lay on the creation of a mood and the communication of bhava (emotion) through a rich and lyrical style. Miniature paintings of Rajasthan reflect the excellent craftsmanship that is still prevalent.

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