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Prince Riding an Elephant

Artist:
Painting by Khem Karan
Object Name:
Illustrated album leaf
Date:
16th–17th century
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Page: H. 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm) W. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm) Painting: H. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm) W. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm) Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.68.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
Elephants were highly prized at Indian courts, greatly appreciated as gifts, and eagerly sought as booty in military campaigns. Paintings of several admired elephants were made at the Mughal court, much as portraits were made of courtiers and nobles. Khem Karan, whose signature appears at the bottom of the picture, was a well-known painter in Akbar’s atelier.
Signature: In Persian along bottom border: 'Work of Khem Karan'
Kouchakji Frères, Paris (sale catalogue 1915, no. 331); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1925; sold to MMA]
Kouchakji Frères sale catalogue. American Art Association, 1918. no. 331.

Swietochowski, Marie, and Richard Ettinghausen. "Islamic Painting." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 36, no. 2 (Autumn 1978). p. 43, ill. p. 43 (color).

Kossak, Steven M., ed. Indian Court Painting 16th–19th century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 9, p. 36, ill. (color).



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