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Maharana Sangram Singh II Watching Elephant Combat, c. 1725

India: Rajasthan, Mewar, Udaipur, 1700-1750
Opaque watercolor on paper
image: 15-3/8 x 26 in. (39.1 x 66.0 cm); sheet: 17-1/2 x 28-1/8 in. (44.5 x 71.4 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Ramesh and Urmil Kapoor
P.2001.13.7
© Norton Simon Museum

On view

One of the most popular activities at the court of Udaipur was elephant combat, as depicted in this large painting commissioned by Maharana Sangram Singh II (r. 1710-34). The elaborate composition includes several stages of a combat between two elephants, with the use of continuous narrative creating a frenzied battleground. The haloed ruler can be found in the center of the painting, standing with his entourage on top of a high wall.


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