Tiger Hunt of Ram Singh II

c. 1830–40

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the cliffs that define the landscape of the small princely kingdom of Kota, a majestic tiger has just been shot by the king. Noisemakers with a firebrand drive the tiger out of the forest, and men at the right keep bears at bay. The women and musicians in two small boats look on in admiration.

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  • Title: Tiger Hunt of Ram Singh II
  • Date Created: c. 1830–40
  • Physical Dimensions: Painting: 25.3 x 49.1 cm (9 15/16 x 19 5/16 in.)
  • Provenance: (Mark Zebrowski and Robert Alderman, London, England, sold to Dr. Norman Zaworski), Dr. Norman Zaworski [1920–2013], Garfield Heights, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1991.168
  • Medium: Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
  • Inscriptions: [[recto, upper margin, in white Devanagari script]] Śrī māhārāo rām sīnghjī sīkār ke rāyā kī bīḍā kī cāc kī Cāmlaṇī nāva kīya savāri, [[verso, in blue ink]] 105
  • Fun Fact: The drummers and horn blowers proclaim to the population that the king shot a tiger.
  • Department: Indian and Southeast Asian Art
  • Culture: Northwestern India, Rajasthan, Rajput kingdom of Kota, court of Ram Singh II (reigned 1826–66)
  • Credit Line: Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of Dr. Norman Zaworski
  • Collection: Indian Art
  • Accession Number: 1991.168

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