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Courtier Raja Anup Rai Intercepting a Lion Attack, with Mughal Emperor Jahangir and Prince Khurram, drawing (verso); Calligraphy (recto)

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The drawing depicts the Rajput nobleman and Mughal courtier Anup Rai, being attacked by a lion during a royal hunt. He is shown attempting to push the lion’s face away from his. Anup Rai was known as “Singh Dalan” (lion crusher), because he risked his life and intercepted a lion that was about to attack the Mughal emperor Jahangir (r. 1605-1627). The event took place on January 6, 1611. Jahangir is shown carrying his matchlock gun by the barrel and is about to strike the lion’s head with the butt of his gun. Prince Khurram, who later becomes the emperor Shah Jahan, raises a sword to deliver a blow to the lion’s back. .
Department of Islamic & Later Indian Art Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum Gift of Stuart Cary Welch Jr. in memory of Philip Hofer
Title: Courtier Raja Anup Rai Intercepting a Lion Attack, with Mughal Emperor Jahangir and Prince Khurram, drawing (verso); Calligraphy (recto)
Description:
The drawing depicts the Rajput nobleman and Mughal courtier Anup Rai, being attacked by a lion during a royal hunt.
He is shown attempting to push the lion’s face away from his.
Anup Rai was known as “Singh Dalan” (lion crusher), because he risked his life and intercepted a lion that was about to attack the Mughal emperor Jahangir (r.
1605-1627).
The event took place on January 6, 1611.
Jahangir is shown carrying his matchlock gun by the barrel and is about to strike the lion’s head with the butt of his gun.
Prince Khurram, who later becomes the emperor Shah Jahan, raises a sword to deliver a blow to the lion’s back.
.

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