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Elephants fighting

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  • Description

    Elephant fights were a popular court entertainment in Mughal times. Here a tussle between elephants is becoming lively, as the mahouts urge their beasts on or hang on grimly to the harness ropes. Unusually this painting is ascribed to a woman artist, Khurshid Banu. Several ladies of the Mughal imperial household are known to have been skilled painters.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    c. 1600
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Khurshid Banu (active c. 1600) (artist)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 33.6 x 38.9 x 2.1 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 22.5 x 27.7 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • 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. 11 on p. 44, p. 21, illus. p. 45

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