Bhil tribespeople hunting deer at night, ca. 1775


A detail of the Bhil man and woman in Bhil tribespeople hunting deer at night, India, c.1775.

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A woman with a giant torch mesmerizes a deer. She may not be a member of the Bhil tribe (though her skirt resembles a Bhil skirt) but a lady of the court, indulging in a nocturnal adventure. This must have been a memorable event, with its own special mood, which the court artist was asked to preserve.
Place of Origin: Kotah, Rajasthan, India
Source: The Walters Art Museum W.854


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