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Single Leaf of an Elephant in Must During a Hunt
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Single Leaf of an Elephant in Must During a Hunt


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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.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2001, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2001

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Period
early 11th century AH/AD 17th century (Mughal)
Medium
ink and pigments 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 13/16 × W: 15 15/16 × D: 1 in. (52.86 × 40.48 × 2.54 cm)
Geographies
  • India (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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