Dragon and Clouds

Attributed to Sadiqi Beg Iranian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

As the dragon emerges from the natural landscape, the sinuous line of its silhouette mimics those of its surroundings. In the late sixteenth century, the production of single‑page, finished drawings destined for albums increased; numerous pictures of dragons, either alone or in combat with men or other animals, were executed. This work is attributed to Sadiqi Beg, who, along with Riza‑yi 'Abbasi, was one of the pioneers of the calligraphic style of drawing in Iran.

Dragon and Clouds, Attributed to Sadiqi Beg (Iranian, Tabriz 1533–1610 Isfahan), Ink and watercolor on paper

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