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Page from Tales of a Parrot (Tuti-nama): Fifth night: The hunter throws away the baby parrots, who pretend to be dead, and captures the mother

Page from Tales of a Parrot (Tuti-nama): Fifth night: The hunter throws away the baby parrots, who pretend to be dead, and captures the mother

c. 1560

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attributed to Basavana

(Indian, active c. 1560–1600)

Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper

Page: 20 x 14.4 cm (7 7/8 x 5 11/16 in.); Painting: 10.6 x 10.2 cm (4 3/16 x 4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.35.a

Fun Fact

The pink leaves are new shoots that have not yet turned green.

Description

Despite the chess-playing monkey’s grim end, the baby parrots continued to cavort with the fox cubs. One day the mother fox discovered that her cubs had been eaten by a panther. Blaming the parrots, she lured a hunter to their tree. The hunter climbed the tree and ensnared the mother parrot and her babies. The mother instructed her young to play dead, then pleaded with the hunter to take her alone, saying that since she knew the art of healing she would fetch a high price.
Lush vegetation and a stream of water painted with a soft brush indicate a fresh new stylistic vision that represents a departure from Indian and Persian styles that came before.

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