Maharana Sangram Singh II (1690–1734) ruled the Rajput kingdom of Udaipur in the Mewar region of Rajasthan from 1710 until 1734. Here he is shown hunting boar. The dusty pink Udaipur summer is magnificently evoked, as are the region’s hills. Hunting was a popular pastime of India’s rulers and representations of such pursuits form a significant genre in Indian court art. Sangram Singh, identified by his golden halo, appears once within the walled viewing area or hunting blind and again in the circular corral.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label