Many statuettes of this type, belonging to the Roman Imperial period, are thought to be adaptations from an Egyptian original type and may be associated with Apis, the sacred animal of Memphis. Imperial
A devotee used this charming rendering of the Shiva family assembled on a single pedestal for worship, likely in a private chapel. Shiva holds a rosary (aksamala) and flask; his wife, Parvati, a mirror. Both ar... more
Detail of a bas-de-page scene of dogs baiting a chained bull, urged on by two men. Image taken from f. 144v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.
Bas-de-page scene of dogs baiting a chained bull, urged on by two men. Image taken from f. 144v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.
Historiated initial 'B'(ulla) of a pope giving a sealed document to a cleric. Image taken from f. 207 of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.
The encyclopaedic text from which this page comes was written between 1095 and 1119 and consists of two parts, one devoted to the three kingdoms of nature, including humans, animals, agriculture and minerals an... more
This engraving is one of a series of the six feats of Hercules commissioned from Rosso and Caraglio by Baviero de' Carocci, who had been Raphael's printing assistant. When the river god Achelous fought with Her... more
The nilgai, though known as a blue bull, is a type of antelope found in central and northern India and eastern Pakistan. This study was painted by Mansur, probably after observing the animal in Jahangir’s (r. 1... more
This print comes from the museum’s copy of the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae (The Mirror of Roman Magnificence) The Speculum found its origin in the publishing endeavors of Antonio Salamanca and Antonio Lafre... more
The weaponry produced at the Mughal court reflects the same refinement as other portable arts. Daggers such as this one were sometimes awarded to officers who had distinguished themselves in military victory an... more