Yogini with Mynah
By the Dublin painter; India, Karnataka, Bijapur, ca. 1603-4
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 42 x 32 cm
Chester Beatty Library
For the Indo-Islamic rulers of Bijapur at the turn of the 17th century, yoginis were agents of otherworldly powers who could help them win battles. Renowned as one of India’s greatest court paintings, this elegantly elongated yogini is theatrically backlit and surrounded by hugely blooming flowers.
Image and caption courtesy of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery