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DT4800 (1).jpgPrince Riding an Elephant, painting by Khem Karan, 16th–17th century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

This is such a cheerful painting. It’s a watercolour, but an opaque watercolour. After stretching his wet paper, the artist allowed it to dry before applying colours.

“Prince Riding an Elephant” is simply delightful.

Today, I am posting images depicting a playful Islam. Some of these images you have already seen. They are simply favourite images.

Princely Couple, Iran (1400-1405)
The Lovers, painting by Riza-yi `Abbasi (ca. 1565–1635)
The Stallion, painting by Habibalah of Save (active ca. 1590-1610)
Portrait of a Dervish, 16th century
Portrait of Muhammad Khan Shaibani, the Uzbek (d.1510)
Black Stork in a Landscape, 1780
Portrait of a Lady Holding a Flower, painting by Muhammadi of Herat (active Qazvin, c. 1570-1578; Herat, c. 1578-87)

(Please click on the titles above to obtain further information.)




Dance performance by Shahrokh Moshkin-Ghalam, dancer, choreographer, actor in La Comédie-Française.
Sohrab and Gordafarid


© Micheline Walker
12 February 2016