Posted on: 1 November 2012

The elephant Ganesh Gaj and rider
North India, 1660 - 1670

In this imposing portrait of Ganesh Gaj, the painter exaggerates his size to emphasise his grandeur. The rider is a prince in a floral robe, possibly a son of the emperor Aurangzeb. With its distant hilly landscape and a passing camel train, this picture may have been painted in one of the Mughal military camps in the Deccan.

© 2011 University of Oxford - Ashmolean Museum

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where are the descendants of the battle elephants?

Isn't that just fabulous?

@Megan: they have changed their role to become 'working elephants' of the forest department ....