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Elephant and keeper

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  • Description

    An imperial elephant stands tethered in open country, while his mahout or keeper prepares food for him. Groups of soldiers, cavalry and animals are exercising in the distance. The atmospheric treatment of this camp scene suggests the artist was influenced by the master Govardhan. The name of the elephant and artist appear in an inscription below which is no longer clearly readable.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    1650 - 1660
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    probably Chand (active late 17th century - c. early 18th century) (artist)
    Associated people
    possibly Shah Jahan (ruled 1628 - 1658) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 29.2 x 33.5 x 1.8 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 18 x 22.5 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. 23 on p. 68, pp. 18 & 66, illus. p. 69

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