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Asian Art
Artist: Shankar, Indian, active 1570–1610

European Hunter

late 16th - early 17th century

Ink and opaque watercolor and gold on paper

20 × 13.2 cm (7 7/8 × 5 3/16 in.)
The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald
2001.138.68
The sensitive rendering of the hunter’s face suggests that this drawing may be the work of Shankar, an artist at the court of the Mughal emperor Akbar (r. 1556–1605). The fur trim on the hunter’s hat and clothing may identify him as one of the many European individuals in India at the time, or indicate that his likeness was copied after an imported print or drawing. The hunter rides a horse with a small head and long neck, most likely a vaunted Arabian, and is accompanied by an attendant and a saluki, a type of hound that hunts by sight rather than smell. The face that appears between the upraised legs of the horse reveals that this page may once have been part of a sketchbook.
Geography: 
India
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Indian, Islamic
Period: 
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Vera M. MacDonald and John D. MacDonald, Boston, Mass., by 2001; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2001

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