- Museum number
Man feeding an elephant; single-page painting mounted on a 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 watercolour and gold on paper.
- Production date
- 1620 (circa)
Height: 20.90 centimetres (image)
Height: 32.80 centimetres (sheet)
Width: 29.40 centimetres (image)
Width: 47.50 centimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- 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.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2013-14 6 Dec-18 May, BM, Gallery 34, 'A Middle East menagerie: favourite works selected by curatorial assistants'
2018 Dec - 2019 Dec, London, BM, G33, rotation
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Published by Basil Gray, BMQ XIII 1938/9, pp.72-3, as 'from an album of drawings and calligraphy of the Mughal school recently broken up'.
- Middle East
- Registration number