top of page

Still Life: Bouquet of Flowers Emerging from the Grass

June 30, 1750
Animals and Plants
Ahmad Shah Bahadur 1748–54

Still Life: Bouquet of Flowers Emerging from the Grass



Still Life: Bouquet of Flowers Emerging from the Grass c. 1750 Northwestern India, Rajasthan, Rajput Kingdom of Bundi Gum tempera on paper Page: 32.4 x 23.5 cm (12 3/4 x 9 1/4 in.); Miniature: 29.8 x 21.6 cm (11 3/4 x 8 1/2 in.) Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.161 DID YOU KNOW? The central flower is a scarlet-colored poppy, famed for yielding opium. DESCRIPTION Studies of flower vases in the European manner became a popular subject matter in Indian miniature painting since the reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangir (r. 1605–27). The artists would copy Dutch prints, such as those by Jan van Huysum (Dutch, 1862–1749), and render them in Mughal fashion. Here, in a painting made at a Rajasthani court, the entire bouquet grows magically out of the ground from a single stem. PROVENANCE ?-2018 Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Barbara Timmer, Beverly Hills, CA, partial sale and gift to the Cleveland Museum of Art 2018- The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

Rate This BookDon’t love itNot greatGoodGreatLove itRate This Book

Your content has been submitted

Post Comment
Ratings & Review
Click To Close Comment Box
Click To Post Your Comment
Show Reviews

Ismail Mazari

average rating is null out of 5

Very good information.


The Mughal Images immediately took a much greater interest in realistic portraiture than was typical of Persian miniatures. Animals and plants were the main subject of many miniatures for albums and were more realistically depicted. To upload your images click here.

Mughal Library brings readers of our history and related subjects on one platform. our goal is to share knowledge between researchers and students in a friendly environment.


bottom of page