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The main figures are enormously elongated, colored in blotches, and surrounded by stylized plant motifs suggestive of landscapes. The elongation may be an influence of the highly stylized 'running' dogs which occur so frequently in the earliest pottery painting of Susa and, therefore, may be of Western origin. However, in the Kulli ware the animals are presented in landscapes, obviously because they were regarded as images derived from a complex reality rather than as abstract motifs. Furthermore, the blotch like coloring, which makes the paintings seem heavy and static, shows that the foreign influence, if any, must have been greatly re elaborated by the unknown artists of Kulli.

Elsewhere, instead, functional considerations prevailed, and in the south-at Bijapur, Golconda, and Gulbarga-massive, less refined monuments were built with enormous bulb-shaped or ribbed domes which may have been the world's largest but which certainly ~ad none of the lightness and elegance attributed by general agreement to the best architectural works of the Mogul period. The whole of Muslim and Hindu India is symbolized by the Taj Mahall in Agra (see figs. 359-365). The most widely known of the Mogul monuments, the Taj Mahal is the marble memorial built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his favorite wife, who died in childbirth in 1631.

Detail of the erotic scenes adorning the central platform of the Sun temple of Konarak. D. 37 Although still essentially Persian in taste, the Mogul style was largely Indian, showed traces of Turkish influence, and echoed European art, especially in the perspective and relief effects of miniatures (see figs. 366, 368, and 371). Miniature painting developed enormously in the Mogul period and became one of the best and most widespread forms of art, even though it was executed in specialized and partly industrialized workshops by many different artists, some of whom did the designs, some the coloring, and some the faces.

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