Apr 19, 2011

The daughter-in-law of the king of Banaras sees the jackal deprived of its food by a bird, as it unsuccessfully attempts to catch a fish, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Sixteenth Night

The daughter-in-law of the king of Banaras sees the jackal deprived of its food by a bird, as it unsuccessfully attempts to catch a fish, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Sixteenth Night

c. 1560

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Mughal India, court of Akbar

(reigned 1556–1605)

Gum tempera, ink ,and gold on paper

Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 8.6 x 10 cm (3 3/8 x 3 15/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.121.a

Location

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The fish that the jackal was trying to catch is visible in the stream.

Description

Having been left alone in the wilderness by her lover, the woman comes across the jackal who has just lost its meal. The wise jackal counsels her on the importance of satisfaction and instructs her to return to her husband. Above them, a large bird flies away with the jackal’s food gripped in its feet.

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