Two Wandering Dervishes

The Khalili Collections

The Khalili Collections

This large-format study is a version of a Chinese genre painting of the Yuan period showing Buddhist holy men (lohans). Its most striking feature is probably the gold jewellery worn by the two figures, including earrings, a torque, belts, anklets and even an archer's thumb-ring. The jewellery contrasts strikingly with their homely apparel and footwear, which, like their shaven heads and branded ritual markings, suggest spiritual poverty and identify them as wandering dervishes (qalandars).


  • Title: Two Wandering Dervishes
  • Date Created: late 15th century
  • Location Created: Iran, most probably Tabriz
  • Medium: brush drawing in ink, watercolour and gold on paper

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