India: Treasures of the Deccan Part 4

Courtly Arts of the Deccan: Miniature Painting, Metalwork, Textiles

By Dr George Michell

No decorative arts survived the sack and abandonment of Hampi Vijayanagara in 1565, nor have any been preserved from Gulbarga or Bidar. This is in striking contrast to the abundance of art objects associated with the courts of Bijapur and Golconda. The sultans of these kingdoms vigorously patronised sumptuous miniature paintings, gleaming inlaid metal objects, and brilliantly coloured cotton textiles, all of which were described in this lecture.