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Elephant and Rider

Artist:
Attributed to Hashim (active 1620–60)
Object Name:
Drawing
Date:
ca. 1640
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink and watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
H. 6 in. W. 8 in.
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.255
Not on view
A rare drawing to survive from the Mughal period, this sketch was likely made in preparation for an imperial portrait. As a result of water damage, which has effaced most of the elephant, its driver and attendant, the goldladen head and trunk of the beast emerge dramatically from the page.
Jagdish Mittal, Hyderabad, India (until 1960s); Private Collection, London (1960s–90; to McInerny); [ Terence McInerney, New York, 1990–2010; sold to MMA]
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