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Elephant Ankus

Ankus. Jaipur, c. 1870 Gold, natural colourless sapphires, enamel. Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Elephants were used in hunts and processions of the Indian royal court similar to how horses were used by European royalty.
  • How do you feel about humans using animals for work?

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