By Mansur (active ca. 1589–1626)
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
H. 15 3/8 in. (39.1 cm), W. 10 1/16 in. (25.6 cm)
Purchase, Rogers Fund and The Kevorkian Foundation Gift, 1955 (184.108.40.206)
A red-headed vulture, set in profile, is perched on a craggy outcropping. Beside it stands the long-billed vulture, seemingly floating against a wash of brown. Both loom large against a conventional background of rocks and sky. Bands of calligraphy set in cloud like cartouches span the top and bottom of the painting, which is set within a sumptuous turquoise margin with delicately rendered, swaying golden flowers.