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Sultan Muhammad Adil Shah and Ikhlas Khan riding an Elephant

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  • Description

    One of the outstanding paintings of Muhammad Adil Shah’s reign, this composition of an elephant with riders derives from contemporary Mughal models but is transformed by its Deccani palette and sensibility. Wearing a gold robe, the Sultan directs the elephant while his African minister Ikhlas Khan rides behind waving a cloth. This painting is as much a portrait of a prized royal elephant as of its distinguished riders.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiasouth IndiaKarnataka Bijapur (place of creation)
    c. 1645
    Haidar Ali (active mid-17th century) (artist)
    Ibrahim Khan (active c. 1645) (artist)
    Associated people
    Muhammad Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur (ruled 1627 - 1656) (subject)
    Ikhlas Khan (active mid-17th century) (subject)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 43.6 x 56.3 x 1.9 cm (height x width x depth)
    mount 31.3 x 44.2 cm (height x width)
    painting with border 28.6 x 32 cm (height x width)
    painting without border 26.6 x 30.2 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. 36 on p. 94, pp. 15, 18, 108, & 116, illus. p. 95

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