Can you guess the snap? I came across this picture amidst long forgotten snapshots. What the heck was I thinking or seeing? I strained my brain but without success. Later I scrolled down farther in my picture index and found the explanation.

What’s on the picture above? Guess the snap!

miniature paintingThe best guess (or the first correct answer) wins this absolutely fantastic, romantic, original Indian miniature painting. I brought it from one of my journeys to Jaipur. The image is 3 x 5.25 inches and matted in an 8 x 10 white archival mat. Such a lovely romantic scene deserves your best guess.

Miniature paintings are a very old traditional art, originating during the Mughal period in the 17th century. Miniature paintings were used as book illustrations. Antique miniatures can be very valuable. This art is kept alive by very skilled art guilds. Often the paintings are rendered on antique book pages surrounded with Farsi script. Although small, the paintings contain an incredible amount of detail, symbolism, and cultural expression. They always draw me in because I am excited about little treasures.

This charming miniature painting with the prince and the maiden can be yours. Please send me your answer in the comment box below or by e-mail until by Monday 12 noon (May 19).

Good Luck!

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