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  • Isfandiyar's Third Course—He Slays a Dragon: From the Gutman Shahnama (Book of Kings), ca. 1330–40
    Iran (probably Isfahan)
    Ink, colors, and gold on paper; 8.09 x 5.28 in. (20.6 x 13.4 cm)
    Bequest of Monroe C. Gutman, 1974 (1974.290.26)

    The painting, showing Isfandiyar about to kill a dragon with bow and arrow in a conventional man-against-beast pose, depicts the last part of this episode in which the hero first weakens the animal with swords sticking out of a carriage he had built. It is a true fusion of influences: the mountain peaks and red background point to Injuid painting, while the composition and twisted body of the dragon owe much to Ilkhanid models.

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  • Isfandiyar's Third Course—He Slays a Dragon: From the Gutman Shahnama (Book of Kings), ca. 1330–40
    Iran (probably Isfahan)
    Ink, colors, and gold on paper; 8.09 x 5.28 in. (20.6 x 13.4 cm)
    Bequest of Monroe C. Gutman, 1974 (1974.290.26)

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