Maharao Ram Singh II of Kota (r. 1828–66) Hunting Buffalo

Maharao Ram Singh II of Kota (r. 1828–66) Hunting Buffalo

1832

Gum tempera, gold and silver on paper

Page: 31.5 x 41 cm (12 3/8 x 16 1/8 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.180

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The Raja is heavily armoured for a buffalo hunt, perhaps symbolic of his financial prosperity.

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In an energized hunting scene, the equestrian Maharaja Ram Singh smites a running buffalo with his sword. The Maharaja is supported by a hunting party, who carry various objects for the Rajput king’s vanity, including additional swords, a fly whisk, a parasol, and a canopy.

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