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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Persian
Creator Dates/Places: Iran, Tabriz, Mongol Period
Creator Active Place: Iran, Tabriz, Mongol Period
Creator Name-CRT: Iran, Tabriz, Mongol Period
Title: Bahram Gur Slays a Dragon: Illustration from the "Demotte" Shahnama
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1330
Creation End Date: 1335
Creation Date: 1330-1335
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions: Sheet: 45.5cm x 34.2cm, Image: 19.5cm x 29.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1943.658
Credit Line: Grace Rainey Rogers Fund
Provenance: Demotte; Wells; Grace Rainey Rogers
Context: In this intense painting, Bahram Gur plunges his sword into the breast of a dragon. A favorite character from Iran's pre-Islamic history, Bahram Gur (r. 420-438) was a popular ruler of the Sasanian dynasty and a great hunter. He took the name "Gur," meaning onager (a wild ass), because it was his preferred game, although he also excelled at killing dragons.As evidenced by this illustration's rock formations, tree trunk, and dragon, Iranian painting in the Mongol period borrowed numerous stylistic and spatial elements from Chinese models. With the surging landscape and writhing dragon rendered with equal energy, this is a picture of extraordinary unity and concentration.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1943.658
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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