Maharana Sangram Singh II Hunts Hares at Naramangra
Western India, Rajasthan, Udaipur
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Overall: 18 1/2 x 33 1/16 in. (47 x 84 cm)
Purchase, Josephine L. Berger-Nadler and Dr. M. Leon Canick Gift, and Rogers Fund, 1996
Not on view
Artists were routinely required to accompany Indian rulers and nobility on royal hunts to record the event, a practice established at the Mughal court. Here the maharana of Mewar, Sangram Singh II (r. 1710–34), identified by a radiant golden nimbus, races in pursuit of his hunting dogs, which close in for the kill. Typical of Udaipur painting, water and foliage define the foreground, creating pictorial depth; hillocks are silhouetted against a high, distant horizon. The skillfully orchestrated color choices, from the horses and riders to the tunics worn by the footmen, further animate the composition.