Tigers Hunting Boars and Deer
Western India, Rajasthan, Kota
Ink on paper
Image (sight): 16 x 64 3/8 in. (40.6 x 163.5 cm)
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
The hunt was central to Kota court life. Since artists routinely accompanied these expeditions, depictions of animals in a landscape feature prominently in the works of the Kota school. In this unusual composition, the human predator has been eliminated; instead, the focus is on a pack of tigers stalking and attacking their prey. The exceptional scale of this ambitious work suggests that it was a preparatory study for a mural painting.