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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 47

    MAHARANA ARI SINGH II HUNTING WILD BOARS

    UDAIPUR, MEWAR, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1760-70

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    MAHARANA ARI SINGH II HUNTING WILD BOARS
    UDAIPUR, MEWAR, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1760-70
    Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, the maharaja rides a stallion with gold trappings, wearing diaphanous robes, he spears a wild boar, another boar topples a footman over, on green ground with high skyline, within black rules and red borders, the reverse with text in black devanagari script
    11½ x 16 7/8in. (29.2 x 42.8cm.)


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    For a closely related hunting scene with Maharana Ari Singh II of Mewar (r.1762-72) dated 1762 see Andrew Topsfield, Court Painting at Udaipur, Zurich, 2001, no.182, p.201. Hunting was a dangerous pastime: Ari Singh was later killed by the ruler of neighbouring Bundi state while out hunting.

    Provenance

    Acquired before 1991.