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Elephant with howdah

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  • Description

    A caparisoned elephant is shown with a diminutive mahout, and a saddle-cloth and howdah in which a royal person would ride. This charcoal sketch may have been drawn simply as an exercise, or as a preliminary under-drawing whose outlines would later have been carefully painted over in black. Surviving Indian drawings in charcoal are quite rare.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthansouth Rajasthan Kota (place of creation)
    c. 1680
    Material and technique
    charcoal on paper
    frame 55.1 x 65.8 x 2.7 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 40.6 x 51.2 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. 85 on p. 202, pp. 19 & 184, illus. p. 203

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