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War elephant with riders
Place of Origin: Southern India
Date: approx. 1700-1850
Object Name: Panel
Materials: Wood
Dimensions: H. 30 1/2 in x W. 14 1/2 in, H. 77.5 cm x W. 36.8 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B60S361
On Display: No

Description

Label: This elephant, apparently being ridden into combat, has attacked a warrior by grasping him in its trunk. The riders carry a flag and an elephant goad, an implement with a curving prong used by an elephant keeper (mahout) to direct the animal's movements. Elephants are often thought of as gentle creatures, but they can be trained to be violent, and their size and strength make them potentially very dangerous. In addition to being used in combat, elephants were sometimes used to execute criminals by stepping on them.

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Exhibition History: "Elephants on Parade", 2/18/2006 - 8/6/2006, Tateuchi Gallery
Label: This elephant, apparently being ridden into combat, has attacked a warrior by grasping him in its trunk. The riders carry a flag and an elephant goad, an implement with a curving prong used by an elephant keeper (mahout) to direct the animal's movements. Elephants are often thought of as gentle creatures, but they can be trained to be violent, and their size and strength make them potentially very dangerous. In addition to being used in combat, elephants were sometimes used to execute criminals by stepping on them.
Exhibition History: "Elephants on Parade", 2/18/2006 - 8/6/2006, Tateuchi Gallery