Wild Boar Hunt

Udaipur, Rajasthan, North India
Circa 1760-1780
Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper
11 7/8 by 18 in. (30.2 by 45.5 cm.)
 
This painting most likely depicts a hunting expedition of Maharana Ari Singh II of Mewar (r. 1762-1772).  Under a crescent moon, the king and his companions use the protection of a fort to shoot at one of the boars, who stands ready to charge.  Another boar lies bleeding below, having been mortally wounded.  The king’s retinue, including hunting dogs and a horse, is in the background.  The reverse with a line of black devangari script.
 
Compare the present image to a hunting scene sold at Christie’s, London, October 9, 2014, no. 155. 
 
A charging boar is considered exceptionally dangerous quarry, due to its thick hide and dense bones, making anything less than a kill shot a potentially deadly mistake.  A full-sized boar is a large, powerful animal, often having sharp tusks which it uses to defend itself.  Boar hunting has often been a test of bravery.