Here are some amazing images from the exhibition at the Ashmolean: Visions of Mughal India
|Sultan Muhammad Adil Shah and Ikhlas Khan riding an elephant Bijapur, c.1645 Gouache with gold on paper 28 x 32 cm. LI118.54 © Howard Hodgkin Collection|
|Sultan Ali Adilshah hunting a tiger Bijapur, Deccan, c.1660 Gouache with gold on paper 21.8 x 31.5 cm. LI118.98 © Howard Hodgkin Collection|
|How to catch at Wild Elephant — detail|
|How to catch a wild elephant
Apparently, you and your friend, disguised as foliage, ride tame elephants on either side of the wild elephant you wish to catch. And then you lasso it. And then you tie it to a tree, while you tame it.
|The sad face of the last Moghul Emperor —
Bahadur Shah, whose rule extended
only just beyond the Red Fort in Delhi.
|Aurangzeb as a prince.
Later he would expand the Moghul Empire to encompass
more than one fifth of the world’s population.
|A Royal Lion Hunt — detail.|
|This is actually a poem written in calligraphy.|
|Detail from a royal wedding|
|The God of the Moon|
|Kali, Goddess of destruction
with Shiva and Vishnu’s dead bodies in one hand.
|Maharaja Bakhat Singh|
|One of several floral studies.|
And a few of Howard Hodgkin’s many of elephants!
|Elephant enjoying trampling a horse, with marbled background.|
|Elephant moving at speed.|
|The elephant Ganesh Gaj (1665 ca)|
|A young undecorated elephant.|