Young Durjan Sal Slays a Lion Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Attributed to The Kota Master, Indian
Young Durjan Sal Slays a Lion
Work Type
mid-18th century
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan, Kota
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Physical Descriptions
Black ink and opaque watercolor over charcoal underdrawing on beige laid paper; Rajput Style
49.53 x 53.98 cm (19 1/2 x 21 1/4 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Stuart Cary Welch, Jr.
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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This drawing depicts a dense jungle, in which young Durjan Sal of Kota (r. 1723-1756) on the left, fires an arrow into the side of a large male lion. In the middle of a page, another large lion approaches. Both animals show their teeth and red tongues. Their large size emphasizes Durjan Sal’s hunting skills, which he was famous for. Rajput Style.
Publication History

Stuart Cary Welch, Indian Drawings and Painted Sketches , exh. cat., Asia Society Museum (Washington, D.C, 1976), Page 100-101/Figure 53

Howard Hodgkin and Terence McInerney, Indian Drawing : An Exhibition Chosen by Howard Hodgkin, exh. cat., Arts Council of Great Britain, London (London, England, 1983), fig 31

Stuart Cary Welch, Gods, Kings, and Tigers: The Art of Kotah, exh. cat., ed. Stuart Cary Welch, Prestel (New York, NY, 1997), Page 23/Figure 10-11

Stuart Cary Welch and Kim Masteller, From Mind, Heart, and Hand: Persian, Turkish, and Indian Drawings from the Stuart Cary Welch Collection, exh. cat., Yale University Press (New Haven, 2004), pp. 144-145, no. 46

Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2004-2005 (Cambridge, MA, 2005), p. 42

Exhibition History

Indian and Persian Drawings, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/25/1987 - 06/21/1987

Precisely to the Point, Daggers and Drawings from Persia and India: 15th-19th century, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/30/1992 - 07/26/1992

Linear Graces ... and Disgraces: Part II, Drawings from the Courts of Persia, Turkey, and India, 15th-19th Centuries, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 12/26/1994 - 03/05/1995

From Mind, Heart, and Hand: Persian, Turkish, and Indian Drawings from SCWelch, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/19/2005 - 06/02/2005

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