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Man feeding an elephant

June 30, 1605
Animals and Plants
Jahangir 1605–1627

Man feeding an elephant



Man feeding an elephant. Single-page painting mounted on detached album folio. Man feeds elephant chained to a post; sparse green-yellow background; red border outlined in gold and containing scrolling leaf design. No text. Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper. Mughal Style Mughal dynasty 1620 (circa) Depending on its size, each elephant in the royal Mughal stable had between two and five servants responsible for its care and feeding. In the reign of Akbar (1556-1605), 101 elephants were chosen for the emperor's use. In addition to grass and leaves, they were fed a mixture of sugar, butter, rice and sometimes milk spiced with chillies and cloves. © Trustees of the British Museum

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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.


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