Gum tempera and gold on paper
Page: 26.8 x 40 cm (10 9/16 x 15 3/4 in.)
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.140
The tusk of the elephant is decorated with a gold ring.
A youthful prince clad in yellow jama (belted tunic) holds a goad in his hand to control his elephant. His attendant sits in the back holding the royal insignia, a flying whisk, which billows in response to the velocity with which the elephant is running. The background of the painting is monochromatic green, a highly corrosive pigment.
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