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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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A prince riding an elephant in procession

  • loan
  • Description

    This fragment of a larger painting on cloth was made for Akbar at the same period as the Hamzanama series. A prince, perhaps Akbar himself (now only seen in the original under-drawing), rides a large elephant at the head of a lively royal procession of elephants. The upper part of this painting is in the Indian Museum, Calcutta. Cloth-paintings of this kind were probably displayed within the emperor’s tent quarters on his travels and campaigns.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    Date
    c. 1570
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Associated people
    possibly Akbar (ruled 1556 - 1605) (subject)
    Akbar (ruled 1556 - 1605) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on cotton cloth
    Dimensions
    frame 47.8 x 53.6 x 2.7 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 33.8 x 39 cm (height x width)
    Material index
    organicvegetalfibre cotton,
    Technique index
    Object type index
    No. of items
    1
    Credit line
    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
    Accession no.
    LI118.26
  • 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. 4 on p. 30, pp. 17 & 274, illus. pp. 22-23 & 31

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