The Firebird-Russian Folklore. The firebird is symbolic of light and it is said that when one feather from the tail of the firebird falls to the ground, a new artistic tradition is born, hence why it is such a popular motif amongst artists.
Yogini with Mynah. India, Karnataka, Bijapur, ca. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper. In the century, Indo-Islamic rulers of Bijapur considered yoginis agents of otherworldly powers who could help them win battles.
1680 - Painting ink and gouache on paper. Karnati sits playing a stringed instrument facing another female musician playing another stringed instrument. A attendant stands to the right holding a fly-whisk.