Nobleman Hunting a Tiger

ca. 1830
Western India, Rajasthan, Udaipur or Kota
Ink and translucent watercolor on paper
Framed (sight): 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (12.1 x 12.1 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
In this lively ink drawing, we see a Rajput nobleman hunting a tiger on horseback. He turns to deliver a mortal bow with his long-bladed sword, a posture that conveniently affords a full-profile portrait of him. The noble tiger was seen as an appropriate match for the skills of the Rajput aristocrat. Both are celebrated in this drawing, which is likely a finished work, not a study for a 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.