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Awrangzib Hunts Nilgais

c. 1660

Chester Beatty Library

Chester Beatty Library

The image of the hunt is common in both Islamic and pre-Islamic art. The royal hunter symbolizes superior skill, strength and heroism, whether portrayed alone or as part of a large, formal hunt. Here the Mughal emperor Awrangzib (r. 1658-1707) is portrayed hunting nilgais. This painting is, however, essentially a landscape, a rather rare occurrence in Mughal and other Islamic painting.

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  • Title: Awrangzib Hunts Nilgais
  • Date Created: c. 1660
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Location Created: India
  • Original Source: Chester Beatty Library
  • Rights: © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
  • Collection Number: CBL In 11A.27

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