The Hindu rulers of Mewar were known as fierce warriors. In this painting Jawan Singh (ruled 1828–1838) and his party appear at various stages of an imperial hunt in the countryside surrounding Udaipur, the kingdom’s capital. Jawan Singh, identified by his golden halo, appears nine times in the picture, which illustrates successive occurrences simultaneously, and using multiple points of perspective. Events include an antelope sacrifice, the ruler’s visit to a Hindu temple and a ceremonial gathering in a red tent. On a number of occasions Jawan Singh and some members of his party wear green, a colour associated with ritual hunts.
Mewar rulers began to commission large, activity-filled paintings on cloth during the reign of Maharana Sangram Singh II (1690–1734, ruled 1710–34), approximately a century before this image was painted.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label