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Royal lion hunt

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  • Description

    At the centre of this fragmentary composition, a Raja on an elephant attacks a lion with bow and arrows. The lioness and cubs stand at bay in the rocks nearby and a bear heaves a rock at the royal escort to the left. Such conventions are adapted by the artist from Mughal (and Persian) painting, but his interpretation is much more energetic, with a fluid treatment of space and bold shifts of scale.

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    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest India Rajasthan (place of creation)
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthansouth Rajasthan Bundi (possible place of creation)
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthansouth Rajasthan Kota (possible place of creation)
    c. 1640
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    frame 53.3 x 122.7 x 2.7 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 36.5 x 106 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 78 on p. 184, illus. pp. 185-187

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