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Walters Ms. W.747, Single leaf of a mounted figure attacked by a lion

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Shelf mark

W.747


Manuscript

Single leaf of a mounted figure attacked by a lion


Text title
Mounted figure attacked by a lion

Abstract

This drawing, tinted with red, dates to the mid tenth century AH / sixteenth CE and was executed in Safavid Iran. It depicts a man on horseback wearing early Safavid headgear. There are four inscriptions at the bottom of the page, three of which are legible. Two name well-known Persian artists. The inscription on the far right attributes the work to Bihzād, in reference to Kamāl al-Dīn Bihzād (d. 942 AH / 1536-7 CE), the most celebrated Persian painter. The one inscribed in red mentions the Safavid artist Siyāvush (d. ca. 1025 AH / 1616 CE), a Georgian slave who became boon companion to Shāh Ṭahmāsp (r. 930-984 AH / 1524-1576 CE). The seal at the top of the page is dated 1126 AH / 1714 CE. The image is framed by an inner pink border with illuminated floral design and an outer blue border with floral and fauna motifs.


Date

Mid 10th century AH / 16th CE


Origin

Iran


Form

Leaf


Genre

Historical


Language:

The primary language in this manuscript is Persian.


Support material

Paper

Mounted on pasteboard


Extent

Foliation: Not applicable


Dimensions

22.0 cm wide by 32.5 cm high


Layout
  1. Image: 10.3 cm wide by 13.5 cm high

Contents:
fols. W.747a - W.747b:
  1. Title: Mounted figure attacked by a lion
  2. Decoration note: Framed by an inner pink border with illuminated floral design and an outer blue border with floral and fauna motifs

Decoration:

fol. W.747a:

  1. W.747, fol. W.747a
  2. Title: Mounted figure attacked by a lion
  3. Form: Drawing
  4. Label: This drawing, tinted with red, dates to the mid tenth century AH / sixteenth CE and was executed in Safavid Iran. It depicts a man on horseback wearing early Safavid headgear. There are four inscriptions at the bottom of the page, three of which are legible. Two name well-known Persian artists. The inscription on the far right attributes the work to Bihzād, in reference to Kamāl al-Dīn Bihzād (d. 942 AH / 1536-7 CE), the most celebrated Persian painter. The one inscribed in red mentions the Safavid artist Siyāvush (d. ca. 1025 AH / 1616 CE), a Georgian slave who became boon companion to Shāh Ṭahmāsp (r. 930-984 AH / 1524-1576 CE). The seal at the top of the page is dated 1126 AH / 1714 CE.

fol. W.747b:

  1. W.747, fol. W.747b
  2. Title: Mounted figure attacked by a lion (back)
  3. Form: Back

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1952


Bibliography

Robinson, B.W. Persian Drawings from the 14th through the 19th Century. (New York: Shorewood Publishers, 1965), 72.


Contributors

Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Catalogers: Landau, Amy; Smith, Sita

Editor: Bockrath, Diane

Conservators: Jewell, Stephanie; Quandt, Abigail

Contributors: Barrera, Christina; Emery, Doug; Herbert, Lynley; Noel, William; Simpson, Shreve; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.; Valle, Chiara


Publisher

The Walters Art Museum


License

Licensed for use under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Access Rights, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/legalcode. It is requested that copies of any published articles based on the information in this data set be sent to the curator of manuscripts, The Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201.