Nobleman Hunting a Tiger
India (Rajasthan, Kotah or Mewar)
Ink and translucent watercolor on paper
Framed (sight): 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (12.1 x 12.1 cm)
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Not on view
In the court culture of Rajasthan, the hunt was the quintessential expression of the Rajput ethos, embodying martial skills, valor, and honor. It grew out of the celebration of the hunt in Mughal painting and became a powerful genre for Rajput court painting in the eighteenth century and later. The noble tiger was seen as an appropriate match for the skills of the Rajput aristocrat.