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Salim Kills Rhinoceros and a Lion

Salim Kills Rhinoceros and a Lion - In 50.1 Zoom

Salim Kills Rhinoceros and a Lion

Salim's Hunting Book
c. 1600-04, India
In 50.1

Commentary:

This painting (though in different borders) was once part of a Shikarnama, an album of images of the hunt presumably compiled for the Mughal prince Salim (the future emperor Jahangir). A shikari (hunt attendant) holds up the head of a dead lioness for the prince to inspect, while in the foreground is a pile of at least four dead rhinoceros, indicating that this must have been an especially successful hunt. In the background is a pile of dead antelope and around them a group of shikaris, most of whom are looking or gesturing towards the cheetah on the other side of the stream that has just brought down yet another antelope.

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