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Sikandar kills dragon - Sikandar reaches the Land of the Narmpay, how he fights and is victorious, how he kills a Dragon, ascends a Mountain, and is forewarned of his own Death

The tradition of drawings of dragons derived from Chinese art took a root in Iran under Timurid and Turkman rule during the fifteenth century. Dragons were a popular subject for drawings in Ottoman Empire executed in the so-called saz style, named for the saz qalami, or reed pen. Drawing attributed to Shah Quli, a Persian who became a leading painter at the court of the Ottoman sultan Süleyman the Magnificent (r. 1520–66).

'Saz'-style Drawing of a Dragon amid Foliage by Shah Quli (active 1520-66) ca. 1540-50 Turkey, Istanbul Ink, opaque watercolor,and gold on paper

The charming manuscript images were sometimes assiduously copied from, and at other times simply inspired by, The Triumphs of Maximilian I. That the procession was itself imaginary makes the concept of embellishment more a stylistic contrast with the originals than in any sense a deviation from reality. The manuscript was produced in about 1700 (so it is claimed) and features captions in German. It may have been originally commissioned by the Hapsburg Archduke Albert of Austria (d. 1621) and…

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