Elephant Trampling a Horse

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This dynamic work depicts an enraged elephant trampling upon a horse. The scene been produced with the shading techniques of nim-qalam (half pen) and the marbling technique known as kaghaz-i abri , or just abri. Here the artist has skillfully blocked off the areas of the elephant, rider, and horse, and created a vibrant marbled background, before finishing the work with fine black ink shading to create the details of the animals and mahout. Marbled paintings were produced in the Deccan in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This technique involved manipulating floating pigments on the surface of a liquid bath to form designs, which were then transferred to a sheet of paper by carefully laying it on top.

Elephant Trampling a Horse, Gold and opaque watercolor on marbled paper

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