The 18th Century Hunt

a1a2Note that in pic 1 (dated about 1775), the couple appear to be forest dwellers.  In most paintings women wear a short skirt of leaves or peacock feathers to indicate the forest setting. But the jewellery here may indicate a court lady. Such scenes seem to be commonly portrayed in the late 18th century.

Pic 2 (dated about 1799) is an illustration from Madhumalati, a Sufi Romance and much more in line with courtly paintings with the woman wearing a  long skirt and shawl ensemble.  The woman here also seems to have a less active role.  The scene depicts a tiger disturbing the lovers (Chand and Roopmala in one ref, Manohar and Madhumalati in another).


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