Sheet: 26 7/8 x 29 3/4 in. (68.3 x 75.6 cm)
Image: 23 7/8 x 25 7/8 in. (60.6 x 65.7 cm)
Framed: 34 5/8 × 36 1/2 × 1 1/2 in. (87.9 × 92.7 × 3.8 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1996
Not on view
This spectacular panoramic vista of the Mewar landscape depicts a royal hunting party in a series of consecutive vignettes, creating a continuous narrative. The aerial perspective, reflecting the plunging views of terrain offered from many Rajput forts, was an innovation of the Mewar school, perhaps combined here with a new awareness of European cartography. The rays of golden sun—the insignia that Rajput princes displayed on their standards—add a surreal if somewhat celestial dimension to the composition. This painting is remarkable for its complex topography, differentiated with imaginatively devised pictorial devices—hillocks, streams, fields—each deployed to create a landscape of the imagination. The large scale of the work is typical of mid-eighteenth-century Mewar painting, as is the likelihood that multiple artists worked on it in a palace studio environment.
The auspicious Shri Maharajadhiraj Maharanaji Shri Jagat Singhji hunted crane in the grassland of village Ghasa; at the hunt [were] the son of Aitara Bhai and the attending nobles: Rao Ram Chandji; next, Ravat Jyot Singhji; next, Thakur Sirdar Singhji; next, Rathod Maikam Singhji; Hajurji Manibaju Bhai Nathji; next, younger paternal uncle Bakht Singhji; next, younger paternal uncle Om Singhji. Those who are maintained were fed; in reward an elephant was given [?]. First day of the dark half of Asadh, V.S. 1807 [1750–1751 C.E.]. Artists Shiva [and] Dayal.
(Transcribed and translated by Julie E. Hughes, 2015)
 Thanks to Divya Cherian for her input on this line. Any errors are my own.
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