Begum Samru and her army


Chester Beatty

Chester Beatty
Dublin, Ireland

Begum Samru and her army.
This painting shows the ruler of Sardhana, Begum Samru (r. 1778-1836), riding on an elephant, surrounded by her armies of cavalry, infantry and artillery marching on parade. The artillery includes guns mounted on camels (zamburak), and ox-drawn cannon.
Painting, colours on paper, procession of Begum Samru (r. 1778-1836), Sardhana, Uttar Pradesh, India, c. 1805-1826.


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