Dara Shikoh Hunting Nilgai

Artist: Attributed to Payag (active ca.1591-ca.1658)
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, Reign of Shah Jahan, ca. 1640
Mughal Court
Mughal School
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (mounted): 17.2 x 23.6 cm (6 3/4 x 9 5/16 in) H x W (image): 15.8 x 22.1 cm (6 1/4 x 8 11/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


Dara Shikoh, hunting, India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), Reign of Shah Jahan (1628 - 1658), WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • John Guy, Jorrit Britschgi. Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100-1900. New York. 42, 93.
  • Ebba Koch. Dara-Shikoh Shooting Nilgais: Hunt and Landscape in Mughal Painting. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 18-19, fig. 5.
  • Asok Kumar Das. Wonders of Nature: Ustad Mansur at the Mughal Court. India. p. 85.
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court., 2nd ed. Washington and Ahmedabad, India, 2012. cat. 22J, p. 140.
  • Masters of Indian Painting. Exh. cat. Zurich. p 331, fig. 8.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Worlds within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran
Google Cultural Institute
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