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hi I'm Carmen adamjee associate of South Asian and Islamic art at the asian art museum and here we are looking at a painting of Raja Sen I Hari Singh hunting dating from approximately 1800 from the north indian state of rajasthan and as i speak about this painting i encourage you to look closely at the details and enjoy all the elements that you see here at first glance this is a fairly formal royal portrait showing the Maharajah at hunt on the right side we see the Maharaja in the palace and on the left is the hunting grounds it's a nighttime scene as indicated by the overall color palette of grays and greens on the upper balcony top right the Maharaja is seated with his female attendants he's aiming a rifle pointed at the tiger that's hiding behind a rocky outcrop on the bottom left of the painting one of the Maharajah's attendance is filling up a second rifle with the Gunpowder ready to facilitate the entire hunt at the bottom right are two palace guards who are enjoying an evening of quiet and leisure as they engage in conversation as suggested by the gestures of their hands as they smoke a hookah or a water pipe which they hold with them we can only imagine the quiet conversation between these two men punctuated by the soft bubbling of the water of polka as we look at this painting we realized that within a few moments the silence of the evening is going to be disrupted once the maharaja releases the shot from his rifle there will be a corresponding loud roar from the tiger which will frighten the tube or that are facing him and there will be a lot of rustling of pushes stampeding over grass and a lot of animal activity that will be punctuated by celebratory sounds coming from the upper balcony rejoicing the maharaja skill at hunting and which collectively that will disrupt the evening for the palace guards who will be mobilised into action so a painting like this actually embeds an element of present time as well as our future and it's up to the viewer to enter the painting and mentally and fold the sequence of events that will soon come together you