• Sale 9966

    Garden of Epics - A Private Collection of Indian Paintings

    10 June 2013, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 30

    Maharana Sangram Singh hunting wild boar

    INDIA, UDAIPUR, CIRCA 1720

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    Maharana Sangram Singh hunting wild boar
    India, Udaipur, circa 1720
    With the king shown twice, first in a blind atop a hill with his companions observing the boar, then again in the grassy foreground when the boar has been captured and he is hunting it with bow and arrow, with several attendants and horses at left, the verso with an inscription
    Opaque pigments and gold on paper
    15½ x 12½ in. (39.3 x 31.8 cm.), image
    17¾ x 15 in. (45 x 38 cm.), folio


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    The hunt, as for many other Rajput princes, was an important activity for the rulers of Udaipur. Their favorite spot was just east of Udaipur and called Nahar Magra, meaning "Tiger Hill," though the prey of choice was, surprisingly, boar. The beasts would be driven from the forest by large throngs of beaters, and either shot as they fled or after they were contained in traps. The present work depicts the latter, with a boar caught in an elaborate weighted snare, while the Maharana and other nobles shoot at the helpless creature.

    Provenance

    Private collection, London, acquired in 2007