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Once governed by the Nizams of India, #Hyderabad is a fascinating place to visit - elaborate palaces, grand architecture and intriguing monuments, including the Qutub Shahi tombs, Chowmahalla Palace and Golconda Fort, and is the gateway to the ancient sites of the Deccan era.

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A Cut-Brass Calligraphic ‘Alam Signed by Muhammad Ma’sum, India, Deccan, dated DHU Al-HIJJA 1095/November-December 1684 AD - Sothebys

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The prince’s tale: a black div abducts the daughter of the king of furthest Kashmir while visiting a garden outside the city (BL IO Islamic 3241, f. 120r) the-story-of-sinbad-or-the-seven-sages. Golconda, India

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LOT SOLD. 7,500 GBP DETAILS & CATALOGUING A prince with attendants, India, Deccan, circa 1670 gouache heightened with gold on paper, laid down on stout paper, borders outlined in colours and gold, margin with scrolling foliate motif in gold painting: 32.6 by 22.8cm. leaf: 37 by 26.9cm. CATALOGUE NOTE This Muslim nobleman, though unidentified, is representative of the new class of rulers who obtained a level of independence after the conquests of the Deccan by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb....

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Get ahead, get a hedge: Dividing, lending structure, adding beauty - hedges are the secret to good gardens. And now's the time to plant them...

Great article on hedges by Monty Don. Monty Don in his hedge-filled garden in Irvington, Herefordshire

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Painting

Eastern Deccan, India (made) Machilipatnam, India (possibly, made) Date: ca. 1780 (made) Artist/Maker: unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

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