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Mounted Figure Attacked by a Lion

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Description This drawing, Walters manuscript leaf W.747 is tinted with red and dates to the mid 10th century AH/AD 16th and was executed in Safavid Iran. It depicts a man on horseback wearing early Safavid headgear. There are 4 inscriptions at the bottom of the page, 3 of which are legible. Two name well-known Persian artists. The inscription on the far right attributes the work to Bihzad, in reference to Kamal al-Din Bihzad (died 942 AH/AD 1536-1537), the most celebrated Persian painter. The one inscribed in red mentions the Safavid artist Siyavush (died ca. 1025 AH/AD 1616), a Georgian slave who became boon companion to Shah Tahmasp (reigned 930-984 AH/AD 1524-1576). The seal at the top of the page is dated 1126 AH/AD 1714. The image is framed by an inner pink border with illuminated floral design and an outer blue border with floral and fauna motifs.
Provenance Kelekian Estate, 1952, by bequest; Walters Art Museum, 1952, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1952

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mid 10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
ink and pigments on paper mounted on pasteboard
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 12 13/16 x W: 8 11/16 in. (32.5 x 22 cm); Image H: 5 5/16 x W: 4 1/16 in. (13.49 x 10.3 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
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