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Asian Art

Baz Bahadur and Rupmati Hunting

late 18th century

Opaque watercolor on hemp paper

9 × 12 in. (22.9 × 30.5 cm)
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The famous sixteenth-century romance of Baz Bahadur and Rupmati either is folklore or has some basis in history. Legend holds that Bahadur met Rupmati while hunting and, enchanted by her singing, invited her to become his consort. The two were inseparable until 1560, when the Mughal emperor Akbar overtook Malwa and killed Bahadur. Upon Bahadur’s death, Rupmati poisoned herself in despair. In this painting, Bahadur, accompanied by Rupmati, is hunting antelope using a bow and arrow. Mandu, the capital of Malwa, appears in the background.
Hyderabad, Deccan, India
Indian, Islamic
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857) or possibly late 18th century
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