The elephant is one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet. Elephants exude strength and power while possessing a majestic calmness and tranquility, representing a state of being that many of us would like to achieve. They have a history of being objects of worship throughout the world, specifically in parts of Africa and India. A hindu God that fascinates me is the Lord of successes and the destroyer of evils and obstacles: Ganesha. This breathtaking figure is worshipped and revered, understandably, for his beauty and pride.
Bearing in mind this interpretation of the figure of the elephant, I was surprised when I found this painting of a dark, strong, ferocious elephant killing a tiger. The tiger and the elephant are suspended in the air almost entirely, caught up in the cycle of death, as a man riding the elephant brutally stabs the tiger. A beautiful gold frame surrounds the image and rolling green hills lie behind the two figures. This image is a representative of the execution by elephant trampling that occurred in the Mughal empire. Elephants were used to crush, torture, and kill prisoners in captivity. I would never have imagined this form of cruel torture, and the thought of dying in this way is chilling