This brilliantly spirited elephant is drawn with feeling and care. It shows
the elephant richly decorated with a maroon velvet over blanket with floral
embroidery and a gold border. Gold and enamel chains of various designs
decorate his body. This young elephant of young proportion has a medium size
trunk which is raised as it strides forward. The movement is deftly achieved
by a different curve and projection of each of the four legs. The
jewel-encrusted anklets just make the leg movement more conspicuous. A lot
of effort seems to have gone in achieving a true to life skin color of the
elephant. Small and quick brush strokes depict the texture of its skin. The
tusks are ivory white and seem to support the triumphantly raised trunk.
The background is completely done in green with no distinction between the
earth and the sky. The foreground has identical tufts of grass. the distant
perspective covers hills and a couple of huts in the distance. The skyline
has been depicted with light, flat brush strokes. The background has been
relegated to a less important status in view of this gentle, yet majestic
Calligraphic inscription above and below the picture frame the deftly
executed painting wonderfully.
This description by Renu Rana.
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