- Emperor Akbar Riding an Elephant on a Hunting Expedition
- painting: 20.5 by 15.2cm., 8 1/16 by 6in.
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Elephants were highly prized in the Mughal court and according to Abu'l Fazl, Akbar had 101 elephants for his personal use alone. A well known painting from the first Akbarnama shows the Emperor riding the elephant Hawa'i across a collapsing bridge of boats (op.cit. pl.49). Named portraits of elephants appeared from the seventeenth century onwards, a number of which are in the Hodgkin collection (see Topsfield 2012, nos.20-25).