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Preparatory Drawing of a Chained Elephant Drinking Water

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The large elephant is composed of red and black lines that demonstrate the various stages of the drawing process, from initial sketches to more detailed inclusions. The elephant wears a cloth-saddle that is attached to a large harness which wraps around the elephant, behind its front legs. A bell, faintly drawn in red, hangs from the harness. The elephant also wears a collar, which the driver (mahout) would tuck his feet under to balance. The animal’s long trunk reaches into a tall container of water. All four of its legs are chained. On the left side is a sketch of a male figure, down to his torso. Rajput Style, Kota School.
Department of Islamic & Later Indian Art Stuart Cary Welch (by 1969 - 2008 ) by descent; to his estate (2008-2009 ) gift; to Harvard Art Museum. Notes: Object was part of temporary loan to Museum in 1969. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum The Stuart Cary Welch Collection Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch
Title: Preparatory Drawing of a Chained Elephant Drinking Water
Description:
The large elephant is composed of red and black lines that demonstrate the various stages of the drawing process, from initial sketches to more detailed inclusions.
The elephant wears a cloth-saddle that is attached to a large harness which wraps around the elephant, behind its front legs.
A bell, faintly drawn in red, hangs from the harness.
The elephant also wears a collar, which the driver (mahout) would tuck his feet under to balance.
The animal’s long trunk reaches into a tall container of water.
All four of its legs are chained.
On the left side is a sketch of a male figure, down to his torso.
Rajput Style, Kota School.

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