San Francisco, CA
Elephants 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.
This 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. In 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.
Exhibition overview from museum website