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Opaque watercolor, silver, gold, and ink on paper
Image: 8.6 x 16.1 cm (3 3/8 x 6 5/16 in.); Overall: 32.4 x 21.6 cm (12 3/4 x 8 1/2 in.); Text area: 22.6 x 16.1 cm (8 7/8 x 6 5/16 in.)
Gift of Heeramaneck Galleries 1942.871.a
A prince from Iran’s early legendary history, Siyavush was sent by his father, the shah, to train under the great warrior Rustam in the arts of hunting, archery, and horseback riding. In this painting, Siyavush demonstrates his considerable skill by hitting the bulls eye on a rolling target from horseback. The gold sky, pastel ground with grassy tufts, and dense leafy riverbank are distinctive features of Persian painting during this period.
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