The Emperor Aurangzeb Carried on a Palanquin

Artist: Painting by Bhavanidas (active ca. 1700–1748)

Object Name: Illustrated single work

Date: ca. 1705–20

Geography: Made in India

Medium: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Dimensions: H. 22 7/8 in. (58.1 cm)
W. 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Louis V. Bell Fund, 2003

Accession Number: 2003.430


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.