Two Elephants in Combat

1700–30
Page: 35.6 x 53.4 cm (14 x 21 in.)
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The elephants have been shackled at their back feet to keep them from running free.

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Elephants were prized possessions for the Rajput Maharajas of Rajasthan. Not only were elephants a decisive factor in the battlefield, but also represented the owner’s material wealth. Elephant fights were a favorite amusement of the Maharaja, and certain elephants were trained specially for this purpose. The drawing depicts two elephants in combat with each other with their trunks intertwined.
Two Elephants in Combat

Two Elephants in Combat

1700–30

Northwestern India, Rajasthan, Rajput Kingdom of Kota

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