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Single Leaf of an Elephant with Mahout Attacking Four Men
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Single Leaf of an Elephant with Mahout Attacking Four Men


Description Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description This Mughal painting, Walters manuscript leaf W.702, depicts an elephant with a mahout attacking 4 men. Depictions of elephants became increasingly common in the Mughal period. Stylistically this example may be attributed to sometime in the late 10th century AH/AD 16th, although the Persian inscription on the page states that it was completed in Bukhara on the last day of Safar 731 AH/AD 1330. There are a few numbers inscribed on the page: 4500, 9, and 18. The work is framed by marbled paper and a border illuminated with animal and floral motifs. On the back is a sample of calligraphy in Nasta'liq script signed by Mirza Muhammad al-Katib and dated 983 AH/AD 1575-1576.
Exhibitions
  • Elephants. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987-1988.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
late 10th century AH/AD 16th century (Mughal)
Medium
ink and pigments on paper mounted on pasteboard
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.702
Measurements
H: 9 1/4 x W: 14 3/16 in. (23.5 x 36 cm); Image H: 5 1/2 x W: 6 1/2 in. (14 x 16.5 cm)
Geographies
  • India (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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