lundi 15 mai 2017


A sea monster swallowing a boat, India, Mughal, mid-17th century
Gouache heightened with gold on paper, mounted on a later Qajar border with blossoms and birds
This illustration relates closely to a miniature that depicts the same scene and has identical Qajar borders signed by Reza Shirazi and identified as Muhammad Reza, the nineteenth-century Qajar artist who was particularly accomplished at drawing flowers. It is likely that the two miniatures were bound in the same album in the nineteenth century.
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