A prince riding an elephant in procession, north India, c. 1570


This fragment of a larger painting on cloth was made for Akbar at the same period as the Hamzanama series. A prince, perhaps Akbar himself (now only seen in the original under-drawing), rides a large elephant at the head of a lively royal procession of elephants. The upper part of this painting is in the Indian Museum, Calcutta. Cloth-paintings of this kind were probably displayed within the emperor's tent quarters on his travels and campaigns.
Source: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford


Other Illustrations from the 1560-70s:
Prince Akbar Hunting a Nilgae, c.1555 - 1560
The 1570 Hamzanama of Akbar
Hunter shooting a leopard, from the 1570-75 Anwar-i Suhaili

Mughal Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers