Indian miniature, Akbar period, 1600-1605The very idea of a bird is a symbol and a suggestion to the poet. A bird seems to be at the top of the scale, so vehement and intense his life… . The beautiful vagabonds, endowed with every grace, masters of all climes, and knowing no bounds — how many human aspirations are realised in their free, holiday-lives — and how many suggestions to the poet in their flight and song! — John Burroughs (1837-1921)
Supplément persan 1029, folio 107v Les Cinq Poèmes de Nezâmî, Khosrow et Chîrîn Les noces de Khosrow et Chîrîn Ecole safavide, 1620-1624 "Khosrow se mit d’abord à cueillir maintes fleurs ; alors la belle, telle une rose, se mit à rire. La pomme et le jasmin étaient pleins de saveur ; tantôt ses seins, belles grenades, tantôt ses yeux, charmants narcisses, étaient l’objet de jeux."
SRI RAGA - The Sri Raga painting is a depiction of Krishna (or Shiva) as he sits with his consort and listens to a bearded musician. This singer is identified as Narada, who is accompanied by a horse-headed musician known as the celestial kinnara (Tumburu). An Illustration from a Ragamala Series, c. 1740 India, Mughal, 18th century