The Emperor Aurangzeb Carried on a Palanquin

Painting by Bhavanidas

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463

The emperor Aurangzeb (r. 1656–1707) and his royal hunting party are shown here in one of the final grand imperial images of the Mughal era. Preparations for the chase are in progress, as evident from the row of hunters in the foreground and others who lead deer as bait or carry leafy screens for camouflage. Bhavanidas, painter of this scene, worked first at the Mughal court and then later moved to the Rajput court of Kishangarh, where he became its preeminent artist.

The Emperor Aurangzeb Carried on a Palanquin, Painting by Bhavanidas (active ca. 1700–1748), Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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