Maharao Madho Singh Hunting Wild Boar

Attributed to the Kota Master Indian

Not on view

Madho Singh (r. 1631–48), founding ruler of the Kota kingdom, was celebrated nearly a century after his death as the embodiment of the highest Rajput virtues of valor, bravery, and martial skill. Dressed in hunting green, he rides down boars in a high-speed chase through rugged woodland, leaning dangerously from the saddle to thrust his punch dagger (katar) into a fleeing boar while another turns to attack him. This was a dangerous pastime, and it is rendered as high drama. The terrain, including different species of trees and other plants, was rendered in deft brushwork by an artist intimately familiar with the local landscape. The composition itself was modeled after an early seventeenth-century mural in the private quarters of the raja of neighboring Bundi Palace.

Maharao Madho Singh Hunting Wild Boar, Attributed to the Kota Master (Indian, active early 18th century), Opaque watercolor, gold and tin on gold paper, India, Rajasthan, Kota

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