Indian Arts Palace, New Delhi 
From 1971 to 2001
Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), purchased from Indian Arts Palace, New Delhi in December 1971 
From 2001 to 2018
Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim in 2001
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim
 According to information from Catherine Glynn Benkaim.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s)
Indian Arts Palace
Catherine Glynn Benkaim
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim
Recto: in devanagari script: maharaja dhiraja maharaja maharao raja sri umed singhji bahadur his
Courageous king of kings, great king Umed Singh
Verso: in devanagari script: samvat 1844 vasakih sudi 14, hitvarah din ki jp dim (?) kul thak ajai nahan ghoghari mari…Joshi Hans Raj chuterako, ji ho
Samvat 1844 (1787 CE), fourteenth day of Caisakh, Sunday…killed the…animals.
Painting by Hans Raj Joshi
Royal hunts were symbolically important expressions of kingship within the Ancient Near East, Persia and India. Beginning around 1660, artists in Kota began creating extraordinary images of rulers hunting game, which through to the mid-eighteenth century deployed calligraphic contour lines to render animals with great vivacity in highly textured landscapes. This later hunt scene deploys solid blocks of color - lavender, salmon, orange and teal - that play off the textured sage greens of the forest. The composition demands that the viewer search through the foliage for a tiger represented multiple times in a way that perhaps evokes the act of looking for game in the jungle. On the right, a tiger mauls one of the servants of the hunt. At top center, a nobleman, probably the powerful Zalim Singh, shoots from a a hunting platform at the tiger. The tiger subsequently appears on the left, charging towards Umed Singh, with white halo and dressed in camouflage green, who shoots from a hunting platform. Visible above and below the tiger is the lattice-work enclosure that was built to drive game towards the ruler.
The knobby lavender rocks, which appear in other Kota hunt scenes, suggest that the location is the hunting grounds of Kaithun.
- Published References
- Vishakha Nirubhai Desai. Life at Court: Art for India's Rulers, 16th-19th century. Exh. cat. Boston, Massachusetts. 49, 60-61.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
- CC0 - Creative Commons (CC0 1.0)
CC0 - Creative Commons (CC0 1.0)
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