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    Painting on paper of a decorated elephant with a howdah on its back. The elephant is adorned with a decorated saddle blanket and headdress. On its neck sits a mahout (driver), who holds an ankusha (elephant goad) and an elegant chauri (fly whisk). The howdah is lavishly decorated with textiles and tassels. The roof consists of two silver domes decorated with gold. The elephant is shown walking on a grassy terrain with hills in the distance.


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    • 19thC(early)
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    • Height: 19.2 centimetres
    • Width: 15.45 centimetres
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