Princess Hunting Deer

late 17th century CE

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS)

Hunting, a famous past-time of the royals have often been captured in paintings by various schools of art. The scene is laid in a deer park not far away from the palace beyond a small hill. The princess is trying her hand at the matchlock. Its long barrel end makes it unwieldy and difficult to be handled by a single person. It is therefore, supported on the shoulder of a female attendant. The princess has already found her game with the help of the prince who is about to fire the fuse. The butt is firmly held by the prince to keep the gun steady to enable the princess to shoot the deer. On hearing the sound of the gunfire, two small deer in the front are running desperately for their life. The party is dressed in green to camouflage themselves with the green ground dotted with dense green trees.

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  • Title: Princess Hunting Deer
  • Date Created: late 17th century CE
  • Physical Dimensions: Full page: 27.5 x 22 cms; Painting: 21.2 x 14.7 cms
  • Region: Bikaner, Rajasthan
  • Catalogue no.: 123
  • Accession Number: 58.60