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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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Head of an elephant

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  • Description

    Elephants frenzied in their mast season (see the previous painting, Enraged elephant [LI118.45]), and at the height of their formidable vitality, became a favourite subject for Kota artists. This fragmentary drawing shows a court elephant in mast, with a dark secretion flowing from his temple. His animated eye swims in a vortex of fluid lines and hatchings.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthansouth Rajasthan Kota (place of creation)
    Date
    1700 - 1710
    Material and technique
    brush drawing on paper
    Dimensions
    frame 37.1 x 36.9 x 1.8 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 23.8 x 23.9 cm (height x width)
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    No. of items
    1
    Credit line
    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
    Accession no.
    LI118.51
  • 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. 82 on p. 196, pp. 19 & 184, illus. p. 197

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    • currently in research collection

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