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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.127.a
The golden mihrab next to vessels for ritual cleansing points toward Mecca, emphasizing the wife’s piety.
When a lascivious young man learns of the beauty and virtue of the merchant Mansur’s wife, he becomes obsessed with her. While Mansur is away on a long journey, the man decides to profess his love for the woman through a messenger. Here Mansur’s wife, seated on an arabesque-patterned carpet, rebuffs the young man’s advances and sends the procuress away.
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