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Prince Salim, mounted on an elephant, beats off an attacking lion with the stock of his gun, India, Delhi, circa 1800
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Prince Salim, mounted on an elephant, beats off an attacking lion with the stock of his gun, India, Delhi, circa 1800
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Prince Salim, mounted on an elephant, beats off an attacking lion with the stock of his gun, India, Delhi, circa 1800
gouache with gold on paper, inscribed at top in gold “shabihi Nur al-Din Muhammad Jahangir Pad-Shah Ghazi”, mounted on an album page with polychrome floral borders, various inscriptions to reverse including the word 'Jehangeer'
painting: 25.8 by 17cm.
leaf: 45 by 30cm.
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Provenance

Ex-collection Joe & Hellen Darion (1917-2001), New York.
Acquired from  the Olsen Foundation, Bridgeport, Conn.

Exhibited

Olsen Travelling Exhibition, Persian Miniature no. 117 (label on reverse of frame)
On loan:
North Carolina Museum of Art, 1962 (loan number Olsen Persian Miniature TL.62.10.117, label on reverse of frame).

Catalogue Note

This scene illustrates a well-known episode from Prince Salim’s youth, before he ascended the Mughal throne as Emperor Jahangir. His memoirs recount an incident that occurred in the Punjab in the 1590s: “A powerful lion appeared out of the woods. I fired at him from the elephant’s back, and I had not time to put down my gun and sieze my sword. Inverting the gun, I knelt, and with both hands struck him with the stock over the head and face so he fell to the ground and died.” (Tuzuk-i- Jahangiri, vol.II, p.270). A number of earlier versions of this scene exist, including one by Miskin (see Gray 1949, no.708, pl.134), another in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (see Leach 1995, vol.2, p.963, no.9.699), and three in the St. Petersburg Album (see von Habsburg et al. 1996 (facsimile edition), pls.111, 115, 158).

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