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Mounted Hunter with Dog Pursuing Game Birds

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
16th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink and transparent watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
4.75 in. high 3.62 in. wide (12.1 cm high 9.2 cm wide)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Gift of Richard Ettinghausen, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.192.17
Not on view
The tiny holes around the figure of this hunter chasing game birds indicate that this sketch was used as a pounce, to copy the image onto another work. In Islamic paintings, stock figures that filled court or battle scenes or natural elements that elaborated landscape backgrounds were often copied into a number of compositions from preexisting sketches such as this. Holes were pricked around the image to be copied and transferred onto an underlying paper by dusting charcoal over it.
[ H. P. Kraus, New York]; Richard Ettinghausen, Princeton, NJ (until 1975; 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. 6, pp. 22-23, ill. pl. 6 (b/w).



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