The word miniature, derived from the Latin minium, red lead, is a picture in an ancient or medieval illuminated manuscript; the simple decoration of the early codices having been miniated or delineated with that pigment. The generally small scale of the medieval pictures has led secondly to an etymological confusion of the term with minuteness and to its application to small paintings especially portrait miniatures.
This painting is an accomplished example of a theme that attained popularity in Deccani painting. Chand Bibi was a legendary queen of Ahmadnagar in the Deccan, who valiantly defended her fortress against the Mughal army in the sixteenth century
Islamic Persia: Two Lovers, Safavid Period, Isfahan, Iran Date: 1630 AD Artist: Riza Abbasi (ca. Materials and Techniques: Tempera and gilt paint on paper. For more Arab erotica check my board Islamic Erotic Art.