- Museum number
A lion hunt; single-page drawing mounted on a detached album folio. Depiction of a lion hunt with horseman. Horse is raised on hind legs while hunter has just shot arrow, which lands in centre of lion's face. Framed with a dark blue border, which itself is embellished with a series of thin, concentric borderlines of white outlined in black/gold/black/white between drawing and blue border, and white/black/gold/black on outermost part of blue border. Inscribed.
Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper.
- Production date
- 1600 (circa)
Height: 9.80 centimetres (Image)
Height: 13 centimetres (Sheet)
Width: 17.50 centimetres (Image)
Width: 20.80 centimetres (Sheet)
- Curator's comments
- A young courtier mounted on horseback slays a lion in this delicately illustrated hunting scene. By the late 1500s, the image of a ruler or hero encountering a lion had become a conventional theme used to signify exemplary skills in combat. It appeared both in manuscripts and independently produced compositions, the latter collected and assembled in albums. The calligraphic lines defining the figure’s turban and sash suggest an artistic style associated with the Safavid court (1501–1722) in Isfahan at this time.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2012-2013 7 Aug-27 Jan, BM, 'Fair Play: Heroes, Athletes & Princes in Islamic Art'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB).
- Middle East
- Registration number