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Posted By: Bill H
Posted Date: Oct 16, 2017 (01:39 AM)
This scene is recurrent in Thai art and almost certainly depicts a tale dating from the first Siamese-Burmese War (1547–49), when the King of Ayutthaya reputedly was accompanied by his queen and their daughter into battle from the backs of elephants against the Taungoo ruler. As the disputed story goes, the Siam King's elephant got spooked in the midst of close combat, and began running away, prompting his Queen and the princess to take their elephant into a defensive position against the Taungoo force. This proved to be a fatal move for both. You can read further into the tragedy at the link herein to the Wikipedia.org account.
Here's a link to another identical print of your picture in a different frame from a Google image search.
Link :Siamese-Burmese Elephant Warfare