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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2009.202.156
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Frontal View of an Elephant Chasing a Horseman
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
19th century
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/217277
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper; Rajput Style
Dimensions
21.2 x 14.6 cm (8 3/8 x 5 3/4 in.)
Provenance
Stuart Cary Welch (by 1973 - 2008,) by descent; to his estate (2008-2009,) gift; to Harvard Art Museum.

Notes:
Object was part of temporary loan to Museum in 1973.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Stuart Cary Welch Collection, Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch
Accession Year
2009
Object Number
2009.202.156
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
The page features a large elephant, viewed from the front, charging at a male figure on horseback. Sitting on top of the elephant is the elephant driver (mahout). He wears a large, white turban; a long, yellow robe (jama), and a green waist sash (patka). He holds up, with both hands, a large elephant goad (ankus). The elephant’s gray eyes are fixated on the horseman and its trunk wraps around his waist. The rider turns back to stab the elephant in the trunk with a punch dagger (katar). The rider wears a yellow turban and a green robe. The intensity of the scene is heightened by the swinging bells that adorn the elephant, the horse’s full gallop, and the rider’s unraveling turban. Rajput Style.

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