Zenderoudi, Charles Hossein

Sun and Lion, 1960

Image for Sun and Lion, 1960

Here, the figure of a stylized lion juxtaposed against a solar background emerges from a system of minute marks. Although the sun and lion had served as a Persian dynastic emblem since the 19th century, Zenderoudi associated them with Sufism. He has identified the standard held by the lion in this work as a reference to the zolfaghar, the two-pronged sword of Hazrat ‘Ali, who is claimed by most Sufi orders as their spiritual progenitor. In 1960, the year Zenderoudi created Sun and Lion, the French government awarded him a scholarship to attend the École des Beaux-arts in Paris. Iranian-inspired iconography continued to inform the works he made in Paris during the 1960s.

Medium Ink, watercolor and gold paint on paper mounted on board
Dimensions 42 x 58 in.(irregular)
Credit Line Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection
Donor Gift of Abby Weed Grey
Object ID G1975.122


Collection Years: 1960