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Sangram Singh's elephant Madan Murat

Creation date: 1725
Creation place: India

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Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.622
State/Province: Rajasthan
Dimensions: 11 7/8 in. x 18 15/16 in. (30.2 cm x 48.1 cm)


K.G. Mehra, New Delhi, India ( - December 3, 1968)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (December 3, 1968 - August 27, 1990)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 27, 1990 - )

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Sangram Singh II’s elephant Madan Murat
Northern India, Mewar
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 1725
The painting comes from northern India, and in contrast to the paintings made at neighboring courts, the preference at Mewar was for bright colors applied thickly with little shading or modeling. There was also an interest in using painting to provide a comprehensive record of the ruler’s public life and the activities of his court. Under Sangram Singh II, scenes of festivals, hunts, temple visits, animal fights, and other spectacles became ever larger and more detailed. This interest in recording all aspects of royal life extended to the ruler’s animals, resulting in this portrait of the elephant Madan Murat. A driver and another attendant guide the elephant, who has been prepared with full decorative caparison to receive his royal rider. The elephant’s name means “Passionate and Stubborn.”
Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, 1990.622

Last Updated: 12/18/2019


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Elephant in the Room: South Asian Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art , 00/00/00 - 00/00/00

Elephant in the Room: South Asian Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 00/00/00 - 00/00/00

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 13th to 19th Century , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

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