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Maharana Jagat Singh Hawks for Cranes

Shiva and Dayal
dated 1744
Western India, Rajasthan, Udaipur
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Sheet: 26 7/8 x 29 3/4 in. (68.3 x 75.6 cm) Image: 23 7/8 x 25 7/8 in. (60.6 x 65.7 cm) Framed: 34 5/8 × 36 1/2 × 1 1/2 in. (87.9 × 92.7 × 3.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1996
Accession Number:
Not on view
This spectacular panoramic vista of the Mewar landscape depicts a royal hunting party in a series of consecutive vignettes, creating a continuous narrative. The aerial perspective, reflecting the plunging views of terrain offered from many Rajput forts, was an innovation of the Mewar school, perhaps combined here with a new awareness of European cartography. The rays of golden sun—the insignia that Rajput princes displayed on their standards—add a surreal if somewhat celestial dimension to the composition. This painting is remarkable for its complex topography, differentiated with imaginatively devised pictorial devices—hillocks, streams, fields—each deployed to create a landscape of the imagination. The large scale of the work is typical of mid-eighteenth-century Mewar painting, as is the likelihood that multiple artists worked on it in a palace studio environment.
Inscription: 1. की: १००) नंबर २६९/२१३
kī: 100) nambar 269/213
2. श्री रामजी
śrī rāmjī
3. सीध श्री म्हराजाधीराज म्हाराणाजी श्री जगतसीघजी
sīdh śrī maharājādhīrāj mahārāṇājī śrī jagatsīghjī
4. गाम घासा री रुण मे कुलगारी सीकार खैलता थका सी-
gām ghāsā rī ruṇ me kulaṅgā rī sīkār khailtā tha kā sī-
5. कार मै: ऐतरा भाई बैटा: तथा ठाकुरा रो साथ: राव रा-
kār mai: aitarā bhāī baiṭā: tathā ṭhākurā ro sāth: rāv rā-
6. मचंदजी: पाछै रावत जओतसीघजी: पाछै ठाकुर सीरदा-
mcandjī: pāchai rāvat jaotsīghjī: pāchai ṭhākur sīrdā-
7. रसीघजी: पाछै राठोड़ मैकमसीघजी: हाज़ूरजी मणीबा-
rsīghjī: pāchai rāṭhoḋ maikamsīghjī: hajūrjī maṇībā-
8. जु भाई नाथजी: पाछै काको बखतसीघजी: पाछै काको औम-
ju bhāī nāthjī: pāchai kāko bakhtsīghjī: pāchai kāko aum-
9. सीघजी: खीलवा रखा जु खीलबा रहै रीज रो हाथी दीधो
sīghjī: khīlvā rakhā ju khīlbā rahai rīj ro hāthī dīdho
10. समत १८०७ खै असाढ़ बीदी १ चीतारो सीबो दावल
samat 1807 khai asāḋh bīdī 1 cītāro sībo dāval

Value: [Rs] 100. [Inventory] Number: 269/213.

Shri Ramji.

The auspicious Shri Maharajadhiraj Maharanaji Shri Jagat Singhji hunted crane in the grassland of village Ghasa; at the hunt [were] the son of Aitara Bhai and the attending nobles: Rao Ram Chandji; next, Ravat Jyot Singhji; next, Thakur Sirdar Singhji; next, Rathod Maikam Singhji; Hajurji Manibaju Bhai Nathji; next, younger paternal uncle Bakht Singhji; next, younger paternal uncle Om Singhji. Those who are maintained were fed; in reward an elephant was given [?][1]. First day of the dark half of Asadh, V.S. 1807 [1750–1751 C.E.]. Artists Shiva [and] Dayal.

(Transcribed and translated by Julie E. Hughes, 2015)

[1] Thanks to Divya Cherian for her input on this line. Any errors are my own.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Indian Court Painting: 16th–19th Century," March 25, 1997–July 6, 1997.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paintings from Mewar," 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Indian Court Painting," 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Pursuits at the Hindu Courts," 2002–2003.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting at Mewar," May 17, 2004–October 5, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting at Mewar," July 10, 2007–November 19, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100–1900," September 26, 2011–January 8, 2012.

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