• Freer|Sackler

    Moses and the dragon | Late 19th century | Qajar period | Hand-colored lithograph | Iran | Purchase--Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler | Arthur M. Sackler Gallery | S1986.394

  • Xavier Ibáñez

    Moses and the dragon Late 19th century Qajar period Hand-colored lithograph H: 22.3 W: 34.9 cm Iran Purchase--Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler S1986.394 Freer-Sackler | The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art

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