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Manuscript Page

Object Number:2017-22-22
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: India
Period: 20th Century
Date Made: 20th Century
Section:Asian
Materials:Paper
Watercolor
Iconography:Princess
Elephant
Horse
Height: 33.6 cm
Width: 23.5 cm
Thickness: 0.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of James E. Bogle, Jr., FA52, 2017
Other Number:2544/1 - Collector Number
08-1189/43 - Other Number

Description

Princess on an elephant. Persian School (Murshidabad?). A manuscript page with a painting of a princess riding in a howdah on a composite elephant being attended by a raja on horseback. The elephant is composed of numerous animals and one integrated person. The elephant is richly caparisoned and carries anklets on the front legs and neck band. The intended meaning of composite pictures in Indian and Persian art is somewhat unclear but most likely has a mystical intent signifying unity.

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