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Pheel Khana--Elephants' Quarters, Holcar's Camp
Date: 1867
Materials: Chromolithograph, hand-colored lithograph
Dimensions: H. 14 in x W. 19 7/8 in, H. 35.6 cm x W. 50.5 cm (image)
Credit Line: From the Collection of William K. Ehrenfeld, M.D.
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Prints And Drawings
Object Number: 2005.64.100
On Display: No

Description

Label: The royal elephant quarters of the Maratha rulers of Indore (Central India) are seen here at a traveling camp, and not in the royal capital and palace. The print captures a sense of spontaneity and offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse that is absent in images of more formal elephant processions. On the left is the maharaja's own parade elephant with its elaborate ornaments; another elephant (on the far right) is also dressed for parade but its ornaments are simpler by comparison, suggesting that it was probably intended for a lesser royal family member's use. At the center is a working elephant that carries the disassembled tents and other loads. Even though a labor animal, its status as a royal elephant is indicated by its ornamented, sawn-off tusks.

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Exhibition History: "Elephants on Parade", 2/18/2006 - 8/6/2006, Tateuchi Gallery

"Elephants Without Number", Asian Art Museum, 11/24/2015-6/26/2016
Label: The royal elephant quarters of the Maratha rulers of Indore (Central India) are seen here at a traveling camp, and not in the royal capital and palace. The print captures a sense of spontaneity and offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse that is absent in images of more formal elephant processions. On the left is the maharaja's own parade elephant with its elaborate ornaments; another elephant (on the far right) is also dressed for parade but its ornaments are simpler by comparison, suggesting that it was probably intended for a lesser royal family member's use. At the center is a working elephant that carries the disassembled tents and other loads. Even though a labor animal, its status as a royal elephant is indicated by its ornamented, sawn-off tusks.
Exhibition History: "Elephants on Parade", 2/18/2006 - 8/6/2006, Tateuchi Gallery

"Elephants Without Number", Asian Art Museum, 11/24/2015-6/26/2016