So great was the love she inspired that the peasants of the Western Hills refused for many years to believe that she was dead (The Kingdom of Ahmadnagar, Radhey Shyam).

Chand Bibi was the Regent of Bijapur and Ahmednagar in the Deccan and well known in Indian history for her abilities as a ruler and for defending Ahmednagar against Akbar. She was betrayed and subsequently murdered in her private apartments by her soldiers

There are a good number of miniature paintings of Chand Bibi and in almost all she is engaged in a physical activity, more often than not hawking as in Pic 1 and 2.  The costumes follow the conventions of 16th century Deccani miniature painting but the lack of a bodice in a few paintings is surprising (though also somewhat the norm for this period).

A quick summary of Chand Bibi and other Indian women rulers

  1. dance-through-time reblogged this from vintageindianclothing
  2. lessorangemoretangerine reblogged this from daddys-had-enough-now
  3. dancesongsoul reblogged this from stopwhitewashing
  4. xaidread reblogged this from mirousworlds
  5. mirousworlds reblogged this from vintageindianclothing
  6. fastestcatalive reblogged this from vintageindianclothing
  7. daddys-had-enough-now reblogged this from vintageindianclothing
  8. invictascientia reblogged this from vintageindianclothing
  9. washingtonstate-ofmind reblogged this from vintageindianclothing
  10. i-want-to-be-the-queen reblogged this from vintageindianclothing
  11. truthrain reblogged this from enchantingnagchampa
  12. enchantingnagchampa reblogged this from ereshkegal
  13. radha-krishna reblogged this from vintageindianclothing
  14. kammartinez reblogged this from vintageindianclothing
  15. ereshkegal reblogged this from gh2u
  16. devourmyirisheart reblogged this from vintageindianclothing
  17. mrsims reblogged this from gh2u
  18. mbukowski1 reblogged this from vintageindianclothing
  19. luchadoreofliberty reblogged this from vintageindianclothing
  20. macymaryjane reblogged this from vintageindianclothing
  21. annaeder reblogged this from gh2u
  22. gh2u reblogged this from supramonoperro
  23. supramonoperro reblogged this from jayalalita
  24. stalintortoise reblogged this from haralambros
  25. haralambros reblogged this from maghrabiyya