The earliest surviving miniature paintings are on palm leaves from the 10th century and on paper from the 14th century. The highlight of these paintings is the intricate and delicate brushwork, which lends them a unique identity. The colors are handmade, from minerals, vegetables, precious stones, indigo, conch shells, pure gold and silver. With the advent of the Mughals in the mid 16th century, the subjects of miniature paintings included portraits, court scenes, flora and fauna.
Photographed at CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ VASTU SANGRAHALAYA (THE PRINCE OF WALES MUSEUM OF WESTERN INDIA)