|ELEPHANT IN NEW YEAR'S BEST WITH BOTEH NECKLACE|
Elephants were prized possessions of the court at this time in the Middle East and this is a particularly proud elephant! He or she is beautifully outfitted with a special necklace of boteh (paisley), in addition to other jewelry and tapestries. But my teeth sort of ache for the way the poor tusks have been dulled and decorated.
The New Year's elephant is currently in the galleries of the Art of Arab Lands at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. JP