Inscribed on back: "Bheekham Baaz" which means "Ferocious Falcon." Written in Hindi-Urdu.
Depictions of hunting birds as princely accessories in portraits of Indian rulers are not uncommon, but paintings of individual birds are highly unusual. Clearly, this was an important and much-loved falcon. Posed much like a ruler or fine gentleman in profile, the bird has a distinctive white and gray feather pattern that has been captured with great care. The matching ochre-colored hood and leg tassels also speak to its status as a highly prized, trained raptor.
"Acquisitions of the Princeton University Art Museum 2010," Record of the Princeton University Art Museum 70 (2011): p. 69-110.
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