Old man riding a zebu


Historical period(s)
Safavid period, first half of 17th century
Ink on paper
H x W: 12.2 x 9.9 cm (4 13/16 x 3 7/8 in)
Iran, Isfahan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Painting

Album folio

Iran, man, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Mme. Maria Louise Sarre


This small, spontaneously conceived composition confirms the growing interest of early seventeenth-century Persian artists in the art of drawing. With quick, staccatolike strokes that vary in intensity, the artist has captured the bulky contours of the zebu and its stooped, elderly rider. The modulated lines lend the figures a sense of weight and volume, infusing them with remarkable sensitivity and naturalism.

Published References
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Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
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