This finely detailed Murshidabad elephant is organically linked. The
composite animal startles us at first, but on close inspection, seems so
natural. The sheer naturalness of the painting is more striking than the
individual elements. A demon rider mounted on the composite elephant with
another demon form leading them form the entire composition. The demon's
look like Shiva's ganas from Hindu art, what with distorted faces and snakes
around their bodies. The animals which make up the composite are devouring
each other. These images invert the normal approach to interpreting form.
Hence, we can invert our interpretation and relate this eating to the idea
of animal forms issuing forth from other animals. A lone human figure finds
place in a crowd of wild animals, docile animals, bird and a fish. Different
living beings from earth, sky and sea. Yet all disparate forms flow in a
wonderfully fluid and natural way, with one flowing into the other.
This description by Renu Rana.
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