Marina Korenfeld

Sirrush, 2004

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Lot 22
Etching, engraving, and ink on paper
11.0 x 9.0 in (27.9 x 22.9 cm)
24 of 50
Signed on recto


This work ships from Brooklyn, United States.


Sirrush is the dragon depicted on the Babylonian Gates of Ishtar and was considered a sacred guardian of Babylon. But this particular symbolic mythological creature is guiding the symbolic City of Babylon, where Babylon is a particular mindset, a world view, a life rhythm. And in such setting Sirrush invited “invaders” to a friendly game with no destruction.

The etching was nominated “Best Picture” at the Art Students League of New York art show in March 2019.

“This haunting etching depicts the dragon Sirrush, a mythological creature depicted on the Babylonian Gates of Ishtar as a sacred guardian of Babylon. Its body interweaves with itself, while delicate linework outlines intricate patterns of scales and exquisite shading creates texture throughout the form. These patterns are echoed in the posed figure that faces Sirrush head-on. The two protagonists challenge each other but also emote a sense of mutual respect. Here, the dragon does not protect Babylon, but rather reflects each viewer’s uniquely construed method of thinking.”
- Ali Edelson, student at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, M.A. Art Business, New York.

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