Two Elephants in Combat

Two Elephants in Combat

1700–30

Page: 35.6 x 53.4 cm (14 x 21 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.178

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The elephants have been shackled at their back feet to keep them from running free.

Description

Elephants were prized possessions for the Rajput Maharajas of Rajasthan. Not only were elephants a decisive factor in the battlefield, but also represented the owner’s material wealth. Elephant fights were a favorite amusement of the Maharaja, and certain elephants were trained specially for this purpose. The drawing depicts two elephants in combat with each other with their trunks intertwined.

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