Sultan Muhammad Adil Shah and Ikhlas Khan riding an elephant Bijapur

Perhaps this is stretching the definition of ‘Oriental Art’ to include the Indian subcontinent! But I really liked this painting. It is one of very few so far where I have not seen the original, rather commenting on it from a website image and photograph from a book.

What I had not appreciated before researching this painting is how readily depictions from one geographical area can quickly transfwer to another. In this case I noticed the halo around the head of the Sultan and through reading up about paintings from this time found that this had been copied from western religious paintings.

Sultan Muhammad Adil Shah and Ikhlas Khan riding an elephant