Wedding Procession of Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah

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This painting depicts the nighttime wedding procession of Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah (r. 1580–1612) of Golconda, and his Hindu bride Bhagmati. The attendant figures glow against the dark background as they carry umbrellas above the couple, who are seated together on a horse. This detail is a departure from the typical Indian convention, in which the bride is brought to her new home in a doli, or separate litter (seen in the background, drawn by cows). The anonymous master of this painting ushered in a realistic mode in Golconda art.

Wedding Procession of Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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