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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Overall: 20.2 x 14 cm (7 15/16 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 10 x 10 cm (3 15/16 x 3 15/16 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.110.b
The illegible writing on the musician’s book seems derived from an Indian script, rather than Arabic or Persian.
This story tells of a fantastical bird called a qaqnos who emitted sonorous tones from its beak when joyful. From these sounds, the science of music was developed. In the image, a man holding a book in one hand and an instrument called a vina in the other crouches beneath a tasseled canopy. His weapons, a quiver, sword, and shield hang in the tree nearby.
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