Pleasures of the Hunt
India (Punjab Hills, Kangra)
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper
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)
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2002
Not on view
The series of scenes in this painting may relate to a yet unidentified story. In the background a princess on horseback aims her bow at two deer. Within the large cloth hunt enclosure (qamargah) are the members of a hunting party, composed of a prince and princess on horseback holding falcons with a bevy of attendants and dogs and the same princess (note the unusual crown) pursuing a gray deer. In the right foreground the princess is shown yet again, making love with a courtier, who is aiming his bow at a tiger about to pounce on them. In the foreground are the princess's and courtier's horses, with the latter's face covered to calm him.