May 23, 2016

Maharao Ram Singh II of Kota (r. 1828–66) Hunting Buffalo

Maharao Ram Singh II of Kota (r. 1828–66) Hunting Buffalo


Gum tempera, gold and silver on paper

Page: 31.5 x 41 cm (12 3/8 x 16 1/8 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.180


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The Raja is heavily armoured for a buffalo hunt, perhaps symbolic of his financial prosperity.


In an energized hunting scene, the equestrian Maharaja Ram Singh smites a running buffalo with his sword. The Maharaja is supported by a hunting party, who carry various objects for the Rajput king’s vanity, including additional swords, a fly whisk, a parasol, and a canopy.

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