Prince Amar Singh (1672–1710) Drives His Own Elephant

Prince Amar Singh (1672–1710) Drives His Own Elephant

c. 1695

attributed to Mewar Stipple Master

(Indian)

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

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The tusk of the elephant is decorated with a gold ring.

Description

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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