Based on an albumen print by the Indian photography studio Bourne and Shepherd, established 1866, depicting a caparisoned elephant. Creation Date: 1874-1876. Museum of Photographic Arts | Gift of the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection.
A caparison is a cloth covering laid over a horse, elephant or other animal for protection and decoration. In modern times, they are used mainly in parades and for historical reenactments. The word is derived from the Latin caparo, meaning a cape.