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Elephants on a River Bank

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Description This Mughal painting, Watlers W.685, dates to the late 10th century AH/AD 16th or the early 11th century AH/AD 17th. It depicts elephants on the bank of a river in a rocky landscape with a fortified city in the background. It appears that the wild elephants are being captured with a view to taming them. The figures in grisaille and the architectural vignettes in the background represent early contacts between Mughal India and Europe. The painting has a brown border with illuminated flora and fauna motifs.
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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late 10th century AH/AD 16th-early 11th century AH/AD 17th century (Mughal)
ink and pigments on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 13 3/16 x W: 8 1/4 in. (33.5 x 21 cm); Image H: 8 3/8 x W: 5 in. (21.2 x 12.7 cm)
  • India (Place of Origin)
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