Portrait of the elephant Aridalan “crusher of enemies”
Pigments on paper
India, Kishanghar, circa 1770
Height 28,2 Width 22,6 cm
The inscription written in devanagari script means: “the elephant destroyer of enemies, seven trunks high, lord of the topknot, maker of great noise (?) and ‘his long tusks are terrifying (?)”.
The back bears the inscription: “Elephant Aridalan, Crusher of enemies, Seven feet high, Kishanghar ca.1770”.