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About Mughal Miniature Painting

Mughal Painting is believed to have developed largely in the the Mughal Empire courts between the 16th and 18th Centuries. It is a particular style of South Asian painting and is typically confined to miniatures with Hindu, Jain and Buddhist influences. An abundant use of colours is a distinct feature in these paintings and golden colours were considered to be symbols of prosperity. There are various schools of Miniature paintings in India such as Pala School, Orissa School, Rajasthani School, Jain School and more. The earliest instance of the Indian Miniature painting can be traced back to 11th Century belonging to the Pala School. Each school is independently distinct for its stylistic representation of ladies, eyes, hands, use of strong colours and gold outlines. Due to the intricate detailing involved in this craft, most artists typically lose eyesight by the time they hit their forties. This has been a deciding factor with the newer generations in not wanting to adopt the craft.

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