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Maharana Jagat Singh Hawks for Cranes

Shiva and Dayal
dated 1744
Western India, Rajasthan, Udaipur
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
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)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1996
Accession Number:
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.
Inscription: 1. की: १००) नंबर २६९/२१३
kī: 100) nambar 269/213
2. श्री रामजी
śrī rāmjī
3. सीध श्री म्हराजाधीराज म्हाराणाजी श्री जगतसीघजी
sīdh śrī maharājādhīrāj mahārāṇājī śrī jagatsīghjī
4. गाम घासा री रुण मे कुलगारी सीकार खैलता थका सी-
gām ghāsā rī ruṇ me kulaṅgā rī sīkār khailtā tha kā sī-
5. कार मै: ऐतरा भाई बैटा: तथा ठाकुरा रो साथ: राव रा-
kār mai: aitarā bhāī baiṭā: tathā ṭhākurā ro sāth: rāv rā-
6. मचंदजी: पाछै रावत जओतसीघजी: पाछै ठाकुर सीरदा-
mcandjī: pāchai rāvat jaotsīghjī: pāchai ṭhākur sīrdā-
7. रसीघजी: पाछै राठोड़ मैकमसीघजी: हाज़ूरजी मणीबा-
rsīghjī: pāchai rāṭhoḋ maikamsīghjī: hajūrjī maṇībā-
8. जु भाई नाथजी: पाछै काको बखतसीघजी: पाछै काको औम-
ju bhāī nāthjī: pāchai kāko bakhtsīghjī: pāchai kāko aum-
9. सीघजी: खीलवा रखा जु खीलबा रहै रीज रो हाथी दीधो
sīghjī: khīlvā rakhā ju khīlbā rahai rīj ro hāthī dīdho
10. समत १८०७ खै असाढ़ बीदी १ चीतारो सीबो दावल
samat 1807 khai asāḋh bīdī 1 cītāro sībo dāval

Value: [Rs] 100. [Inventory] Number: 269/213.

Shri Ramji.

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 [?][1]. 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)

[1] Thanks to Divya Cherian for her input on this line. Any errors are my own.
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