Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Sheet: 34.3 x 27.3 cm (13 1/2 x 10 3/4 in.); Sheet with border: 38.1 x 31.1 cm (15 x 12 1/4 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1955.48
On the distant horizon a European rides an elephant, while a dog runs alongside.
The anonymous master who painted this work reveled in detailed depictions of animals in nature. A pair of magnificent lions have come to drink at a pond, and the male turns back, sensing that something has alerted the deer. Three palace women from the veranda of a lodge aim muskets in their direction. White monkeys with black faces seem agitated and flee the roof for the mango tree, and a small mammal called a civet, who has just caught a bird, slinks away into the rushes. On the far banks of the pond is a shrine to the Hindu god Shiva, denoted by a linga, an abstract phallic sculpture on a pedestal, in front of which is an image of his mount, the bull.
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