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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 This single leaf, Walters W.873, depicts the Mughal emperor Akbar (reigned 963-1014 AH/AD 1556-1605), who continues to ride and control his elephant, which has gone into heat (must). The elephant is shown attacking a horse, whose rider has fallen beneath his steed. In turn, the horse bites the elephant's trunk. The event documents the courage and determination of the emperor, who is identified in an inscription at the top of the page in black Nasta'liq script as Muhammad Jalal al-Din Akbar Padshah. This inscription was likely written by a later viewer. The border, in yellow, black, blue, and orange, probably dates to the 13th century AH/AD 19th.
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)

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