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A Tale about the White Old Man

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Episodic painting about the White Old Man. In the centre he wields a large curved sword as he fights a dragon from horseback. He is bareheaded, bald, with a long grey beard, dressed in a red robe lined with blue and green, a yellow sash and boots; the horse is brown with red harness. Above are three more adventures in miniature: catching an eagle in his hands from horseback, chasing two wolves with a whip, seated with a pipe at the feet of a deity, robed, with a flaming trident and scarves. Below are horses, two wolves, a lamb, eagle and scroll clouds on black. Polychrome with blue cloth mount.

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Forest Hill


A Tale about the White Old Man




pigment on textile laid on paper


H 48.3 x W 42.3 cm

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purchased, 1980

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