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Elephant eating a tree

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  • Description

    A royal elephant enjoying a respite from its state duties takes its leafy lunch from a convenient tree. The bearded mahout directs the improvised meal with shouts of command and the touch of his ankus. Freely sketched with a sparing use of colour and wash, this composition derives from earlier Deccani and Mughal models.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndianorth-west IndiaJammu and Kashmir Mankot (place of creation)
    c. 1700
    Material and technique
    brush drawing with colour on paper
    frame 48.5 x 48.5 x 1.8 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 38 x 38 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. 66 on p. 156, illus. p. 157

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