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The Elephants Trample the Hares
Page from a dispersed series of the Panchatantra (Book III: Of Crows and Owls)

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Rajasthan, India, Asia

18th century

Opaque watercolor on paper

Image: 2 3/4 × 6 3/4 inches (7 × 17.1 cm) Sheet: 6 × 9 7/16 inches (15.2 × 24 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994

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Facing a drought, the elephants go to a hidden lake many days walk away. However, the lake is the home of hares and hundreds are killed by trampling each time the elephants come. To rid themselves of the elephants, a clever hare fools the king of the elephants, convincing him that the moon (who is seen as a hare in Asia) lives in the lake and cannot be disturbed:

By feigning greatly
great success follows;
the hares lived happily
riding high on the moon's glory.