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Chilins (Chinese Chimerical Creatures) Fighting with a Dragon

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
16th century
Geography:
Turkey, Istanbul
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Painting: H. 6 1/16 in. (15.4 cm) W. 10 3/16 in. (25.9cm) Mat: H. 16 in. (40.6 cm) W. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Classifications:
Codices, (not assigned)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1955
Accession Number:
55.121.35
Not on view
While the creatures seen here are of Chinese origin, combat scenes in this vein reached Turkey from Iran only in the sixteenth century. Drawings in wash colors with the contrasting use of black, and rhythmic, calligraphic line were a particular Turkish development of the subject.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (until 1929; his sale, Sotheby's, London, December 12, 1929, no. 1488); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, by 1953]; [ Kevorkian Foundation, New York, until 1955; sold to MMA]
Robinson, Basil William. The Kevorkian Collection: Islamic and Indian Illustrated Manuscripts, Miniature Paintings and Drawings. New York, 1953. no. CCXLII, p. 106.

"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 100, pp. 240-241, ill. p. 241 (b/w).

Grube, Ernst J. Studies in Islamic Painting. London: Pindar Press, 1995. p. 325, ill. fig. 20 (b/w).



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