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Elephant ridden by a female mahout

Creation date: 18th century
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.549
State/Province: Telangana
Dimensions: 6 13/16 in. x 9 23/32 in. (17.3 cm x 24.7 cm)


Heeramaneck Galleries, New York, New York ( - March 31, 1964)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (March 31, 1964 - August 27, 1990)

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

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February 2020
Elephant in the Room
(Ladan Akbarnia)
This intimate portrait of an elephant and female mahout demonstrates the skill and empathy with which Indian artists, in this case from the Deccan, could portray the emotion and humanizing qualities of elephants. The finely dressed woman riding the elephant on its shoulders instead of in the saddle may be of royal or noble standing, perhaps boasting her ability to drive and keep her own elephant.
Last Updated: 4/4/2022


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

The Mughal and Deccani Schools: Indian Miniature Painting from the Collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd The Portland Art Association , 12/2/1973 - 3/7/1976

The Elephant in the Room: Indian Paintings from the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection The San Diego Museum of Art , 2/29/2020 - 7/18/2021


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Dr. Edwin Binney, 3rd. The Mughal and Deccani Schools Portland Art Museum. Portland, Oregon, 1973
Page Number: 181, Figure Number: 167

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