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Single Leaf of Emperor Akbar Controlling an Enraged Elephant
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Single Leaf of Emperor Akbar Controlling an Enraged Elephant


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Description The Mughal emperor Akbar (r. 1556–1605) tries to control a female elephant that gores the horse of a fallen rider while terrified attendants flee the scene. Akbar brandishes an elephant goad, or hook, similar to the example displayed in the case to your left. India’s majestic elephants, used in parades, hunting expeditions, and warfare, were frequently associated with royalty. In imperial Mughal biographies, royal historians often connected the emperor’s might to his ability to control and tame nature’s beasts. Akbar’s biographer Abu’l Fazl describes the emperor’s mastery of these powerful animals: “His Majesty mounts every kind of elephant, from the first to the last class, making them, notwithstanding their almost supernatural strength, obedient to his command.”
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
6/06/2017Examinationexamined for exhibition
Exhibitions
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore; given to Walters Art Museum, 2001.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2001

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Period
17th century (Mughal)
Medium
opaque watercolor, watercolor, gold paint, and ink on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.873
Measurements
H: 9 1/4 x W: 6 5/16 in. (23.5 x 16 cm); Framed H: 20 1/8 × W: 15 3/16 × D: 1 1/4 in. (51.12 × 38.58 × 3.18 cm)
Geographies
  • India (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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