Kapot (pigeon)
Page from a Series Depicting Dream Omens and Portents

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Gujarat, India, Asia
Probably made in Surat, Gujarat, India, Asia

c. 1700

Opaque watercolor on paper

Image: 4 1/4 × 2 3/4 inches (10.8 × 7 cm) Sheet: 4 1/4 × 5 1/2 inches (10.8 × 14 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994

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This painting is one of three that come from a set depicting the various subjects of dreams that would be interpreted as meaningful omens or portents. There were probably originally a little over a hundred such images in the set. Their unprimed paper and roughly painted likenesses indicate that they were made for the middle-class rather than for royal use. In addition, some of the images show that this set was specifically made for Jains rather than Hindus or Muslims, although all three religions made and used such sets of dream interpretations.