A Lion Hunt

18th century

This is a brush drawing from the 18th century depicting a lion hunt and is attributed to the Mughal style.

As symbols of imperial wealth and power, the Mughal painting tradition frequently depicted elephants and lions as subjects, especially in hunting scenes. This visual documentation suggests that artists from the Mughal ateliers accompanied the Emperor on royal shikars and similar tours. Hunting techniques were often transferred to the battlefield, and animals such as elephants, with their prowess and behavioural patterns, were utilized to improve hunting practices and achieve success in military campaigns.

Check out the rare book from the collection, ‘Oriental Field Sports,’ here.

A Lion Hunt
18th century
Unidentified Artist
Brush drawing with green washes on handmade paper
H: 18.8 cm x W: 26 cm
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