Birds in a Landscape, Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper

Birds in a Landscape

Object Name:
Illustrated album leaf
mid-18th century
Attributed to India, Rajasthan, Bikaner
Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper
OveralL. 9 9/16 x 6 1/4in. (24.3 x 15.9cm)
Dimensions of painting: 7 x 3 11/16in. (17.8 x 9.4cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Richard Ettinghausen, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
This evocative composition shows pairs of storks and birds in movement. Although landscapes were unusual in all schools of Indian painting, this work from Bikaner, Rajasthan shares many qualities with seventeenth century Deccani paintings, perhaps with roots in Safavid paintings.
[ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, in 1953]; [ H. P. Kraus, New York]; Richard Ettinghausen, Princeton, NJ (until 1975; gifted to MMA)
Robinson, Basil William. The Kevorkian Collection: Islamic and Indian Illustrated Manuscripts, Miniature Paintings and Drawings. New York, 1953. no. CDXVIII (758), p. 156.

Archer, W., ed. "Color Plates in Collaboration with Madanjeet Singh." In Indian Miniatures. Greenwich, CT: New York Geographic Society, 1960. ill. pl. 54.