Elephant Crushing a Tiger

19th century
1837 (?)
Antoine Louis Barye (French, 1795–1875)

Object Place: Europe, Paris, France


27.9 x 32 x 19.7 cm (11 x 12 5/8 x 7 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View





An Indian mahout (professional elephant handler) rides atop an Asian elephant.The rider is clothed in flowing drapery and holds a short stick in his proper right arm which is raised above his proper left shoulder. He sits upon a saddle with incised (?) floral decoration. The elephant, whose head hangs down, has pinned down the tiger using his proper left tusk and his trunk. The tiger’s body is crushed beneath the proper front left foot of the elephant. The tiger lies on his proper left side with his jaw open and tongue out. His properleft front paw, open in pain, extends over the base of the sculpture. The sc ulpture was cast in two pieces and screwed into the base.


Signature cast and chased (?) BARYE in front proper right of base below elephant's proper left front foot


1892, gift of Mrs. Samuel Dennis Warren (Susan Cornelia Clarke Warren) (b.1825-d.1901), Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 3, 1892)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. S. D. Warren