Elephanta Elephant 
5th century AD

The island of Elephanta derives its name from this stone elephant which was placed the entrance of the rock cut caves, dated to c. 5th – 6th centuries A.D. This stone elephant broke into several pieces when the English tried to remove it from the Island in order to ship it to England. The pieces were brought to the museum where it was reassembled by Dr. George Birdwood (former Curator of the Museum) and has since been displayed at the entrance of the Museum.