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Preparations for a Hunt

Object Name:
Illustrated album leaf
Date:
ca. 1680
Geography:
Attributed to India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm) W. 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.235a
Not on view
The painting depicts preparations for a royal hunt. A group of four nilgais, or blue bulls, are feeding in scrubland near a pond, while four imperial huntsmen dressed in green take shelter behind camouflage screens. In the far horizon, on the right, a distant hunting party approaches with elephants, horses, and flags. The reverse of the album page on which the painting was originally mounted had a European engraving depicting the story of Cain and Abel.
Howard Hodgkin, London (ca. 1975); Private collection, New York and Miami (ca. 1982); [ Terence McInerney, New York, until 2005; sold to MMA]
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