08 October 2014

Opaque watercolor flowers

Buta (flower in Hindi-Urdu) is one of the most important ornamental motifs of Mughal Indian art. It consists of a floral spray with stylized leaves and flowers. It is used in architecture and painting and in textiles, enamels and almost all other decorative arts.

The motif began to gain importance in the reign of the Mughal emperor Jahāngīr (1605–27). By the time of Shah Jahān (1628–58), it was in constant use. You'll find great delicacy and beauty of color in these opaque floral watercolors.