Boasting XVIII

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Boasting XVIII

Animation celluloid with drawn background (plastic and paper)
35 × 30 in. (88.9 × 76.2 cm)
Purchased with funds provided by Navabeh Borman in memory of Darius Nourafchan, with additional funds provided by Houman Nikbakht and Harvey and Beth Plotnick (M.2017.248)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

Painter and illustrator Ali Akbar Sadeghi, an artist of long-standing stature in Iran, is perhaps best known for his animations from the 1970s. The film Boasting, for which this animation cell was produced, reflects the chaotic state of Iran in the early 1970s. Here, the competing political factions of the day, in the guise of medieval warriors, come together in the end for a common cause. Sadeghi appears to have prophesied the times leading up to the 1979 Iranian Revolution, when various political parties united briefly to help depose the shah.


  • Komaroff, Linda. In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Munich; New York: DelMonico Books-Prestel, 2018.