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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2009.202.118
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Elephant Trainers with Charkhis and a Rider Unhorsed (fragment)
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
18th-19th century
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan, Kota
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/217490
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink on paper; Rajput Style, Kota School
Dimensions
25.3 x 12 cm (9 15/16 x 4 3/4 in.)
Provenance
Stuart Cary Welch (by 1969 - 2008,) by descent; to his estate (2008-2009,) gift; to Harvard Art Museum.

Notes:
Object was part of temporary loan to Museum in 1969.
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
2009.202.118
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This drawing, a fragment of a larger composition, depicts four elephant trainers, facing left, each holding up charkhis, firework attachments that were used to control and manipulate elephants. Each trainer wears a turban a long robe (jama) and a waist sash (patka). In the foreground, facing right, a rider has fallen off his horse, which appears to be galloping away. The rider is on his hands and knees, and his turban has come off as his hair falls in front of him. He also wears a long robe and waist sash. Rajput Style, Kota School.

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