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Royal Elephants from Mughal India

(from 28th Apr until 26th Sep 2010)

A selection of paintings from the distinguished collection of the artist Howard Hodgkin.

Detail of The elephant Ganesh Gaj, north India, about 1660 (Lent by Howard Hodgkin, Museum No: LI118
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Enraged elephant

  • loan
  • Description

    Male elephants periodically become frenzied during their mast (‘drunken, intoxicated’) season, marked by a discharge from glands in the temples and by aggressive behaviour. Wild-eyed and enraged, this elephant tears at his tethering chains while his mahout and keepers struggle to control him. The surging contours and dense modelling of this elephant show a debt to the master of the previous painting of elephants fighting [LI118.62].

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthansouth Rajasthan Kota (place of creation)
    Date
    c. 1690
    Material and technique
    brush drawing with gouache on paper
    Dimensions
    frame 37.5 x 51.5 x 1.8 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 24 x 38 cm (height x width)
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    No. of items
    1
    Credit line
    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
    Accession no.
    LI118.45
  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 81 on p. 194, pp. 19, 70, 184, 196, & 200, illus. p. 195

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