Exhibitions/ Art Object

A Female Musician Charms an Antelope

ca. 1825
Western India, Rajasthan, Kota
Ink and opaque watercolor on cloth
9 7/8 x 7 3/4 in. (25.1 x 19.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Friends of Asian Art, Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Saul Gift, by exchange, 2001
Accession Number:
Not on view
The rugged, inhospitable terrain of Rajasthan, a favorite setting for Kota court artists, provides an unlikely context for a dalliance with the god Krishna. A prominent hunting tower—built to facilitate the shooting of animals driven into range by beaters—overlooks the sparsely wooded landscape. In the foreground, a female musician sits before the tower playing a sitar, while a mrig (a type of musk deer) stands before her, transfixed by the music. From the turret of the tower, Krishna gestures toward a leopard retreating over the horizon; another big cat climbs the hill.
J. Leroy Davidson , Los Angeles (by 1968; sold to Doris Wiener Gallery by 2001); [ Doris Wiener Gallery , New York, by 2001; sold to MMA]
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