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An elephant fight on a hillside

June 30, 1759
Animals and Plants
Shah Alam II 1759–1806

An elephant fight on a hillside



An elephant fight on a hillside, mahouts astride the two charging beasts, others rushing forward with firebrands, two platoons of soldiers watching from either side Mughal, circa 1760 Gouache on paper, mounted on an album page with floral borders, verso a calligraphic exercise in shikasteh script in black ink, copied by Murid Khan Muhammad Sadiq Tabataba'i. Murid Khan Muhammad Sadiq Tabataba'i was a nobleman at the court of Muhammad Shah and was a noted calligrapher. A collection of his works survives, completed in AH 1150/AD 1737. Source: Bonhams

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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.


The Mughal Images immediately took a much greater interest in realistic portraiture than was typical of Persian miniatures. Animals and plants were the main subject of many miniatures for albums and were more realistically depicted. To upload your images click here.

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