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Hero and Dragon

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
third quarter 16th century
Geography:
Iran, Qazvin
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H. 8 11/16 in. (22 cm) W. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1925
Accession Number:
25.83.7
Not on view
In a rocky landscape a hunter on horseback plunges his sword through the neck of a dragon that has sunk its fangs into a small deer. A pair of deer and two rabbits scatter in the foreground. With its blue tinted rocks and gold dragon's wings, this is a finished drawing, despite the narrative suggestion of its subject matter. Various heroes in the 'Shahnama', the Persian national epic, combat dragons, but this image evokes rather than illustrates these manly acts.
George D. Pratt, New York (until 1925; gifted to MMA)
Swietochowski, Marie, and Sussan Babaie. Persian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989. no. 9, pp. 28-29, ill. pl. 9 (b/w).

Yarshater, Ehsan, ed. Encyclopaedia Iranica vol. 7 (1996). p. 543, ill. pl. XL (b/w).



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