Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Image: 31.2 x 18.6 cm (12 5/16 x 7 5/16 in.); Overall: 36.5 x 23.1 cm (14 3/8 x 9 1/8 in.)
Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1971.77
A well-trained war elephant can pull an opponent off his horse with its trunk.
Babur’s son Humayun was ousted from India by an Afghan rebel in 1540, ten years after he came to the throne. After spending 15 years in exile, Humayun returned with military support from Iran and successfully reconquered Delhi. He also brought from Iran seven royal court artists who were invited to start a Mughal painting atelier. To illustrate the beginning of his own biography, Humayun’s son Akbar included this image of his father riding victoriously back to India.
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