Tigers Hunting Boars and Deer, Ink on paper, Western India, Rajasthan, Kota

Tigers Hunting Boars and Deer

ca. 1830
Western India, Rajasthan, Kota
Ink on paper
Image (sight): 16 x 64 3/8 in. (40.6 x 163.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Accession Number:
Not on view
The hunt was central to Kota court life. Since artists routinely accompanied these expeditions, depictions of animals in a landscape feature prominently in the works of the Kota school. In this unusual composition, the human predator has been eliminated; instead, the focus is on a pack of tigers stalking and attacking their prey. The exceptional scale of this ambitious work suggests that it was a preparatory study for a mural painting.
Possibly Shri Parshotam Ram Kapoor , Jalandhar and New Delhi, India; Subhash Kapoor , New York (until 2008; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Living Line: Selected Indian Drawings from the Subhash Kapoor Gift," March 25, 2009–September 7, 2009.