Elephant and Rider
Attributed to Hashim (active 1620–60)
Ink and watercolor on paper
H. 6 in. W. 8 in.
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2010
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.
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