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Persia
AN OTTOMAN RULER ON AN ELEPHANT
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 8,125 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
346
Persia
AN OTTOMAN RULER ON AN ELEPHANT
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 8,125 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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Persia
AN OTTOMAN RULER ON AN ELEPHANT
opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper
gouache on paper with drawing
leaf: 43.8 by 34.4cm., 17 1/4 by 13 1/2 in. painting: 25 by 20.6cm., 9 7/8 by 8 1/8 in.
17th century
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Catalogue Note

This intriguing miniature painted by a Persian artist depicts an Ottoman prince riding an Indian elephant. Surrounded by swirling cloud scrolls the ruler is seated in a gold howdah holding a cup in his hand and a bottle at his side. His elephant is heavily caparisoned with elaborate gold trappings and a richly decorated saddlecloth finely decorated with cloudbands and floral arabesques.

A large central subject and absence of a pictorial landscape is a characteristic of later Safavid painting where there was a move towards portraiture and idealised figures.

The depiction of an Ottoman subject and an Indian elephant is indicative of the cosmopolitan nature of the Safavid court during the seventeenth century

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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London