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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
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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