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Maharao Bhao Singh riding an elephant

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  • Description

    In this reinterpretation of a Mughal elephant subject, Bhao Singh (r.1658-1681) sits astride a royal elephant of great size. Its keepers walk in front with a spear and charkhi (firework attachment). The pale green ground found in Mughal portraiture becomes a strong dark green, and the elephant’s colouring is sharply contrasted between dark grey and the speckled pink of its trunk, ear and belly.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthansouth Rajasthan Bundi (place of creation)
    c. 1675
    Associated people
    Bhao Singh, Maharao of Bundi (ruled 1658 - 1681) (subject)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 44.5 x 54.5 x 1.7 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 32.7 x 42.6 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. 79 on p. 188, illus. p. 189

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