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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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Elephants fighting

  • loan
  • Description

    Elephant fights were regular entertainments at the major Rajput courts, and their dramatic combats were often recorded by court artists. This pair of tussling elephants, barely controlled by their mahouts, derives from earlier Mughal models as well as palace wall-paintings at Bundi. But this unnamed master’s extraordinary linear energy and dramatic distortions of anatomical form continued to influence Kota artists for a century or more.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthansouth Rajasthan Kota (place of creation)
    Date
    1655 - 1660
    Associated people
    possibly Jagat Singh, Maharao of Kota (ruled 1657 - 1684) (subject)
    probably Jagat Singh, Maharao of Kota (ruled 1657 - 1684) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    brush drawing with gouache on paper
    Dimensions
    frame 48.5 x 83.5 x 2.7 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 34.2 x 69 cm (height x width)
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    No. of items
    1
    Credit line
    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
    Accession no.
    LI118.62
  • 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. 80 on p. 190, pp. 15, 19, 184, 194, & 196, illus. pp. 191-193

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