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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2009.202.134
People
Unknown Artist
Title
A Hunting Prince Steadies and Fires His Matchlock Gun on an Attendant's Shoulder
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
19th century
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan, Kota
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/217558
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper; Rajput Style, Kota School
Dimensions
14 x 22.7 cm (5 1/2 x 8 15/16 in.)
Provenance
Stuart Cary Welch (by 1969 - 2008,) by descent; to his estate (2008-2009,) gift; to Harvard Art Museum.

Notes:
Object was part of temporary loan to Museum in 1969.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Stuart Cary Welch Collection, Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch
Accession Year
2009
Object Number
2009.202.134
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
On the right is a kneeling prince, distinguished by his earring and ornate turban. He wears yellow trousers, a long, striped robe (jama), and a waist sash (patka). Tucked and hanging from his waist sash is a punch dagger (katar) and long sword (talwar). Hanging around his left shoulder is a bow with a decorative pattern. On his right side proper, he carries a large black shield and a quiver filled with bows. His right hand rests on his bent right knee while it holds the butt of his matchlock gun. In his left hand he holds the cotton match that would be used in the mechanism to discharge the gun. The barrel of the gun rests on the left shoulder of a crouching attendant. The attendant wears a turban, a striped robe, and yellow trousers. Hanging at his waist is a nautilus shell-shaped gun powder flask. The end of the sheath of his punch dagger and the end of the scabbard of his sword can be seen peering from his right side. Tucked into his left side is a quiver filled with arrows. He holds a small stand attached to the front of the matchlock’s barrel to steady the shot. The bright orange line issuing from the mouth of the gun indicates that the gun has been fired. Royal hunters in India often used large matchlock guns that required the support of an attendant or a stand. They were intended to be used over long distances, to safely hunt large game such as tigers, lions, boars, bears, and crocodiles. Rajput Style, Kota School.

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