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Call Number - 0003568
Shelf Mark - Or.Ms 20
Mahmud defeats the forces of the ruler of Bahatiyah (India). The two armies face one another as if in parley, separated by a few stylised rocks, which serve to unite the composition. To the left are four horsemen in Mongol armour, two with flowered surcoats; to the right a much larger army is represented by foot-soldiers, horsemen, and Mahmud on his elephant; there is no mahout, but a dismounted figure stands in front. Some, but not all of the lances extend into the margin. The background is plain except for the rocks on either side of Mahmud's army, perhaps intended to represent the pass through which he invaded India. These are in a Byzantine tradition, partly re-interpreted in Chinese style. The elephant is again wooden, but less remote from nature than that in [f.123v]. The work is to be attributed to the Master of the Battle Scenes.
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