A family of Bhil huntersArtist(s)Artist Unknown, India, Delhi, Mughal or DeccaniObject Creation Date18th centuryMedium & Supportink, watercolor wash, and gold on paperDimensions
5 1/4 in x 4 15/16 in (13.3 cm x 12.5 cm);4 15/16 in x 5 1/4 in (12.5 cm x 13.3 cm);19 3/8 in x 14 3/8 in (49.21 cm x 36.51 cm)Credit LineGift of Mr. George P. Bickford for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial CollectionLabel copy
The Bhil people are a desert-dwelling tribe who subsist in the harshest environment of Rajasthan in northwest India. Even today, they remain among the poorest and most primitive of Indian tribal groups. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Bhil were a favorite subject of painters who served at the courts of the Mughal emperors or the smaller Islamic states in the Deccan, the high plateau of south central India. With a sympathetic eye, this unknown artist has rendered scenes from daily life among the Bhil, such as hunters returning with game, women preparing chapati bread, and young mothers with their children.
Exhibited in "Divine Encounters, Earthly Pleasures: Twenty Centuries of Indian Art," 12/12/03-2/22/04.Primary Object ClassificationPaintingCollection AreaAsianRights
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