These phantasmagorical images from the book Flora and Fauna in Mughal Art depict 16th-18th century patchwork amalgams of man and beast made of smaller creatures. These creatures are like the aesthetic antecedents to the Transformers and giant tokusatsu robots.

[Via A Journey Round My Skull]

These centuries-old Mughal paintings were the original Voltrons

Composite elephant, Mughal, c. 1600

These centuries-old Mughal paintings were the original Voltrons

Composite man and tiger, late Mughal, Shah Alam period, late 18th cent.

These centuries-old Mughal paintings were the original Voltrons

Demons and composite elephant, Murshidabad, Bengal, 18th cent.

These centuries-old Mughal paintings were the original Voltrons

Lady riding composite camel, Bundi, Rajasthan, c. 1750-70

These centuries-old Mughal paintings were the original Voltrons

Composite elephant, Mughal, reign of Akbar, c. 1590

These centuries-old Mughal paintings were the original Voltrons

Pashu Kunjar - Composite Camel via Exotic India Art