Maharana Amar Singh Hunting Sarus Cranes

Attributed to The Stipple Master Indian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 693

The painting—a visual celebration of an expedition undertaken by Amar Singh II himself—is one of the earliest Rajput paintings devoted to hawking. The maharaja, mounted on his chestnut stallion, raises his gloved hand to support the bird of prey, which is already unhooded and awaiting the order to strike. Three of his huntsmen (shikaris) point toward the nesting and circling flock of sarus cranes. The hawk is next seen in the upper landscape and then the third, where it attacks a crane and brings it down in the lake.

Maharana Amar Singh Hunting Sarus Cranes, Attributed to The Stipple Master (Indian, active ca. 1690–1715), Opaque watercolor, gold and tin on paper, India, Rajasthan, Udaipur

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