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Mounted Figure Attacked by a Lion
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Mounted Figure Attacked by a Lion

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Description The image of a man on a horse fighting a lion evokes descriptions of heroic acts in Persian literature, which was read and recited aloud. Inscriptions at the bottom of the page name the royal artists Kamal al-Din Bihzad (died 1536–37) and Siyavush (died ca. 1616), a Georgian slave who became a close friend of Shah Tahmasp (r. 1524–76). The presence of Bihzad’s and Siyavush’s names does not necessarily mean that these artists drew the composition. Instead, their names may have been written by another person who associated the subject and style of drawing with these two artists. The seal at the top of the page is dated AH 1126 (1714 CE). The borders, populated with a variety of flowers and animals, may also date to the 18th century.
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)
paper with ink and paintmounted 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)
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