EXOTIC ANIMALS IN ISLAMIC ART
NOTHING WAS BEYOND THEIR IMAGINATION
Muslim Masters at usual work
The Art of M.A. Rahman Chughtai includes animals and birds. Lovely animals were in the domain of the imagination of Muslim Masters. Their imagination captured animals which they had not even seen in real life. Imagination of these painters was rife with observation as well as imagination. The behavioural element of animals captured their fantasy. The world of animals was within their reach.
Sultans had their personal zoos filled with exotic animals from all over the world. The more exotic the source, the more it intrigued their imagination. Even residues of dead animals they loved to possess as Emperor Jahangeer was himself fond of collecting daggers with hilts made of Rhino’s horn.
Griffins and Harpies also fascinated these artists We find Griffins in works of many Muslim Masters. We here present an assortment of M.A. Rahman Chughtai as well as other Muslim Masters, depicting animals of all kinds. Enjoy!