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Two orioles

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  • Description

    The early Mughal rulers took a keen interest in the flora and fauna of their new empire. This composition of orioles among flowering plants, with one bird about to seize an insect, is closely related to European botanical and natural history studies which had begun to reach the Mughal court by the late 16th century. The upper bird is a male Indian Golden Oriole (Oriolus kundoo), the lower bird a male Black-hooded Oriole (Oriolus xanthornus).

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    c. 1610
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    frame 22.1 x 15.6 x 1.4 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 15.2 x 8.5 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 12 on p. 46, pp. 18 & 154, illus. p. 47

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