Royal Elephant Ramkali with a Mahout

c. 1761
Painting: 20.6 x 21.4 cm (8 1/8 x 8 7/16 in.); Overall: 24.1 x 25 cm (9 1/2 x 9 13/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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The name Ramkali is a popular nickname for young girls in some parts of northern India.


The mahout (elephant driver), directs the confident female elephant at a brisk trot, with bells swinging in response to her movements. This painting belongs to a series depicting the elephants in the royal stables at Udaipur, each one named in the upper margin. Elephants have been a potent emblem for royalty in India for more than three thousand years.
Royal Elephant Ramkali with a Mahout

Royal Elephant Ramkali with a Mahout

c. 1761

Northwestern India, Rajasthan, Rajput kingdom of Mewar, Udaipur, Court of Ari Singh (reigned 1761-73)

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