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Walters Ms. W.873, Single leaf of an elephant in must during a hunt
Single leaf of an elephant in must during a hunt
This single leaf depicts the Mughal emperor Akbar (r. 963-1014 AH / 1556–1605 CE), who continues to ride and control his elephant, which has gone into heat (must). The elephant is shown attacking a horse, whose rider has fallen beneath his steed. In turn, the horse bites the elephant’s trunk. The event documents the courage and determination of the emperor, who is identified in an inscription at the top of the page in black nastaʿlīq script as Muḥammad Jalāl al-Dīn Akbar Pādshāh. This inscription was likely written by a later viewer. The border, in yellow, black, blue, and orange, probably dates to the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE.
Early 11th century AH / 17th CE
The primary language in this manuscript is Persian.
Foliation: Not applicable
16.0 cm wide by 23.5 cm high
- Image: 10.8 cm wide by 16.4 cm high
- Title: An elephant in must during a hunt
- Text note: Inscription in Persian
- Hand note: Written in black nastaʿlīq script
- Decoration note: Border in yellow, black, blue, and orange, probably dating to the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE
Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest
Pal, Pratapaditya, and Hiram W. Woodward. Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. (London: Phillip Wilson, 2001), 150-1.
Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam
Catalogers: Landau, Amy; Smith, Sita
Editor: Bockrath, Diane
Conservators: Jewell, Stephanie; Quandt, Abigail
Contributors: Barrera, Christina; Emery, Doug; Herbert, Lynley; Noel, William; Simpson, Shreve; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.; Valle, Chiara
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