ca. 1730. Mughal miniature from Nizami’s famous romance about Khusraw and Shirin written in Iran in the 12th C. Painted in Hyderabad, a state that was created in the Deccan india when the Mughal Empire had begun to disintegrate. The man is in persian garb while the woman wears Indian attire.
A mythical tree, a vak-vak (or talking) tree. The limbs of this type of tree terminate in the heads of different animals as well as humans. The heads purportedly talked. The image above (from a Persian miniature) illustrates the legend that such a tree informed Alexander the Great of his early death. (namopanik)