Maharaja Elephants in Ceremonial Dress. 3 Silver gelatin photographs.
Ca. 1930. Three magnificent large b&w photographic portraits of Indian elephants painted and lavishly dressed for a festival. The elephants have painted faces & trunks and are dressed in rich saddle cloths laden with priceless embroidery.
Images include a close up view of the head of one elephant with jewels on his tusks and the mahout in white turban on his back; a single elephant full length, flanked by attendants exiting the court yard of a stately residence; and two decorated elephants standing side by side on a road, presumably at the head of a procession, with mahouts on their back and flanked by attendants.
Each image captioned "India" in period ink at the lower left outside the border of the print.
The photographs are printed on beautiful thick photographic paper. The images 8 1/4 x 10 1/4, paper 10 3/4 x 13 1/2" Very good condition. Item #25059