Mounted Hunter with Dog Pursuing Game Birds

Object Name: Illustrated single work

Date: 16th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

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


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.