(Indian, active late 1700s-early 1800s)
Gum tempera and gold on paper
25.4 x 20.3 cm (10 x 8 in.)
Gift of Nancy and Wayne Hunnicutt 2020.432
The oval format derives from the popularity of British cameos at the Mughal court.
Standing for the astrological sign Taurus, the large-scale bull fills the space like a graceful icon behind a much smaller herd of cows. Pure white in color and in perfect profile, he has been adorned with a string of bells, a jeweled diadem, and decorative tips on his horns. A fine textile with gold leafy arabesque patterns sets him apart from oxen, dairy cows, and even the elephants in the distant background.
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