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The elephant Ganesh Gaj and rider

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  • Description

    In this imposing portrait of Ganesh Gaj, the painter exaggerates his size to emphasise his grandeur. The rider is a prince in a floral robe, possibly a son of the emperor Aurangzeb. With its distant hilly landscape and a passing camel train, this picture may have been painted in one of the Mughal military camps in the Deccan.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    1660 - 1670
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Material and technique
    gouache with ink and gold on paper
    frame 45 x 61.7 x 2 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 32.3 x 48.5 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. 25 on p. 72, pp. 18 & 188, illus. pp. 73 & 287



  • Ganesh

    Chubby elephant-headed Hindu deity and son of Shiva and Parvati. He is the god of wisdom, bestower of wealth, and remover of obstacles who is invoked at the beginning of any enterprise.

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