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Walters Ms. W.865, Single leaf of a nilgai
Single leaf of a nilgai
This painting of a nilgai (also called a blue bull or Boselaphus tragocamelus), which is an antelope indigenous to Asia, is attributable to the reign of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1037-1068 AH / 1627-1658 CE). Such animal studies were popular commissions among the Mughal emperors, who showed a marked curiosity about the natural world in their royal histories. Patronage of paintings of flora, fauna, and animals received a particular impetus under the Mughal emperor Jahangir (r. 1014-1037 AH / 1605-27 CE) and was continued under later Mughals. The detailed foliage in the foreground and the light green background are comparable to other studies of single animals dating to c. 1049 AH / 1640 CE.
1031-1059 AH / 1625-1650 CE
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Foliation: Not applicable
27.9 cm wide by 21.0 cm high
- Title: A nilgai
- Title: A nilgai
- Form: Painting
- Label: This painting of a nilgai (also called a blue bull or Boselaphus tragocamelus), which is an antelope indigenous to Asia, is attributable to the reign of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1037-1068 AH / 1627-1658 CE).
Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2001
Pal, Pratapaditya, and Hiram W. Woodward. Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. (London: Phillip Wilson, 2001), 152.
Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam
Catalogers: Landau, Amy; Smith, Sita
Editor: Bockrath, Diane
Conservators: Jewell, Stephanie; Quandt, Abigail
Contributors: Barrera, Christina; Emery, Doug; Herbert, Lynley; Noel, William; Simpson, Shreve; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.; Valle, Chiara
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