Chilins (Chinese Chimerical Creatures) Fighting with a Dragon

Object Name: Illustrated single work

Date: 16th century

Geography: Attributed to Turkey, Istanbul

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: Painting: H. 6 1/16 in. (15.4 cm)
W. 10 3/16 in. (25.9cm)
Mat: H. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
W. 22 in. (55.9 cm)

Classifications: Codices, (not assigned)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1955

Accession Number: 55.121.35


While the creatures seen here are of Chinese origin, combat scenes in this vein reached Turkey from Iran only in the sixteenth century. Drawings in wash colors with the contrasting use of black, and rhythmic, calligraphic line were a particular Turkish development of the subject.