c. 1580–85; borders added c. 1700s
Ink, slight color, and gold on paper
Image: 26.4 x 15.8 cm (10 3/8 x 6 1/4 in.); Overall: 40.5 x 26 cm (15 15/16 x 10 1/4 in.)
Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1940.1197
A hunter with gunpowder pouch hurriedly loads a musket with a scouring stick.
The subdued palette of this tinted drawing belies the dire
events of the scene. A group of Mughal nobles out hunting
with falcons has chanced upon two lions in the wilderness,
and one of the men has been attacked. The bearded figure
with the falcon at the upper left and the huntsman about to
retrieve a duck caught by one of the trained falcons at the
lower left are reminiscent of the earlier work, Hunting with
falcons in a landscape, painted by a Persian artist, on display
in this gallery at right. By the time this painting was made
Akbar exerted more direct influence on his artists’ work,
and it reveals his taste for dramatic action and climactic
moments where life and death hang in the balance.
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