Terracotta roundel featuring an elephant with
two mahouts (riders) on its back; the elephant
and the two figurines are briefly sketched but
efficiently rendered. One small perforation in the
upper semi-circle of the roundel would suggest
its use suspended.
Elephants and their riders were often portrayed
during the early Islamic period. One of the best
examples is provided by our magnificent Seljuq
glazed sculptural model which, with its richly
decorated howdah and ceremonial harnesses,
portrays in full the flavour of an epoch (LO.655).