A Lion Hunt

Artist: Possibly by Muhammad Sharif
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, Reign of Jahangir, ca. 1600
Mughal Court
Mughal School
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
H x W: 18.6 x 10.6 cm (7 5/16 x 4 3/16 in)
India, Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Painting

Album folio with painting

father, hunting, India, lion, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), nasta'liq script, poems, Reign of Jahangir (1605 - 1627), WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Mrs. W.H. Shapley


Between 1600 and 1604, theMughal prince Salim (the future emperor Jahangir) established a court at Allahabad in defiance of his father, the emperor Akbar (reigned 1556–1604). Along with plotting against his father, Salim spent his time in Allahabad commissioning paintings and hunting. In this work, the prince, who can be identified by his jutting jaw and drooping mustache, rides a white steed. Intriguingly, in spite of Salim’s conflict with his father, the painter endowed the rider on the brown horse with Akbar’s profile and gave him the honor of the kill.

Published References
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court., 2nd. Washington and Ahmedabad, India, 2012. cat. 46, p. 174.
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court. Exh. cat. Washington, 1981. cat. 20, p. 193.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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