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Pleasures of the Hunt

Date:
ca. 1800
Culture:
North India, Punjab Hills, Kangra
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 9 7/8 x 14 1/8 in. (25.1 x 35.8 cm) Framed: 16 5/16 x 21 3/8 in. (41.4 x 54.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.37
Not on view
This hunt takes place in a tented enclosure, or qamargha. A prince and princess on horseback, each holding a hunting hawk, observe deer being shot by a princess in the distance. This same huntress reappears twice in the foreground, outside the red cloth enclosure: at left, shooting at a deer, and at right, making love with a courtier who demonstrates his prowess by simultaneously aiming an arrow at an approaching tiger. The horses belonging to the amorous couple wait patiently nearby; one has his face covered to prevent him being startled, a device that is likely also a witty allusion to the lovers’ brazen display. The Kangra court style is distinguished by its refined use of softly modulated pastel colors and handsome figure types.
Robert Kipniss , New York (by 2002; sold to Nancy Wiener Gallery) ; [ Nancy Wiener Gallery, Inc. , New York, by 2002; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Pursuits at the Hindu Courts," 2002–2003.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paintings in the Punjab Hills," 2003.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in the Punjab Hills," November 20, 2007–March 16, 2008.

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