The merchant’s daughter meets the gardener, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Twelfth Night

The merchant’s daughter meets the gardener, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Twelfth Night

c. 1560

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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.100.b

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In the time since their first meeting, the gardener has become an ascetic.

Description

Among the illustrations in the Tales of a Parrot, this painting is one of the most representative of local Indian styles, with very few Persian features. Trees stand out as bold shapes, and figures are arranged in a single register and have angular and expressive gestures. The female figures are closely related to pre-Mughal types, shown always in profile and wearing garments that stand stiffly and sharply out before them.

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