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.
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