Bhil Tribespeople from 18th Century Albums


Bhils hunting deer at night; the man holding a bow, the woman wearing a leaf skirt and carrying a gourd lantern and a bell. Ms Ousley Add. 166, folio 41b

Bhils hunting deer at night; the man holding a bow,
the woman wearing a leaf skirt and carrying a torch and bell.
Ms Douce Or. b.1, folio 14b

Bhils hunting deer at night. Ms Douce Or. a3, folio 27r

A jeweled lady visiting a village of Bhils. Ms. Ousley Add. 171, fol. 6v

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford: list & descriptions


A larger image of Bhil Tribespeople hunting deer at night, 18th century, Davis Album


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.



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