are more than just the massive, captivating creatures we admire in zoos and
photographs. They’re complex, social creatures — intelligent and outgoing, capable
of expressing joy and sadness. They also have a long and storied presence in
Indian mythology, art and culture.
intimate exhibition reveals the central position of elephants in the Indian
cultural landscape. They hold a prominent place in Buddhist, Jain and Hindu
religious traditions, and were popular subjects for Western artists traveling
through India in the 1800s.
paintings, sketches, prints and sculptures, you’ll see elephants in multiple
roles. They’re depicted as beloved possessions of kings, majestic carriers of royal
riders in processions, valuable assets on both hunting grounds and battlefields,
and transporters of heavy loads.
Through Elephants Without Number, discover how
these impressive animals have inspired artists’ imaginations for centuries.