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Varqa wa-Gulsha, 13th c. Topkapi Library, Hazine 841, F.20/20a Gulshah (right) disguised as a man, watches as her lover Varqa (centre) and his rival Rabi fight on horseback.

Varqa wa-Gulsha, 13th c. Topkapi Library, Hazine 841, F.20/20a Gulshah (right) disguised as a man, watches as her lover Varqa (centre) and his rival Rabi fight on horseback.

"Prince on a Brown Horse," Mogul miniature painting, eighteenth century

"Prince on a Brown Horse," Mogul miniature painting, eighteenth century

Garden in a Persian miniature

Garden in a Persian miniature

The romantic scenes of landscaping in Persian miniatures were simplified in Ottoman miniature by the reducing detailed landscape scenes to plain backgrounds. Human figures, buildings, and other main elements of the subject predominated. In classical Turkish miniatures, lines are straight, colours are vivid and the style is narrative. Miniature art is known for its strongly-built heroes, simplicity, selection of themes from real life and the powerful concept of colour.

The romantic scenes of landscaping in Persian miniatures were simplified in Ottoman miniature by the reducing detailed landscape scenes to plain backgrounds. Human figures, buildings, and other main elements of the subject predominated. In classical Turkish miniatures, lines are straight, colours are vivid and the style is narrative. Miniature art is known for its strongly-built heroes, simplicity, selection of themes from real life and the powerful concept of colour.

The Townsman Robs the Villager's Orchard,det.

The Townsman Robs the Villager's Orchard,det.

Mohammad Bagher Aghamiri (Persian miniature).

Mohammad Bagher Aghamiri (Persian miniature).

Persian miniature

Persian miniature

Turkish Miniature, Noah's Ark. A fanciful gold leaf ark with private port holes for the animals is portrayed in this mid-20th century Turkish miniature painted on a page from a 19th century Islamic manuscript. http://www.silkroad1.com/items/391331/item391331store.html:

Turkish Miniature, Noah's Ark. A fanciful gold leaf ark with private port holes for the animals is portrayed in this mid-20th century Turkish miniature painted on a page from a 19th century Islamic manuscript. http://www.silkroad1.com/items/391331/item391331store.html:

AN EQUESTRIAN PORTRAIT OF EMPEROR SHAH JAHAN MUGHAL INDIA, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

AN EQUESTRIAN PORTRAIT OF EMPEROR SHAH JAHAN MUGHAL INDIA, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

The Wedding Procession of Shah Jahan's Eldest Son, Dara Shikoh.

The Wedding Procession of Shah Jahan's Eldest Son, Dara Shikoh.