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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 10.7 x 10 cm (4 3/16 x 3 15/16 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.140.a
The gold square on the long black cord around the woman’s neck is an amulet.
The Brahman’s wife stands over the body of the Raja’s dead peacock, which she killed in hopes of finding a cure for her infertility. The woman’s crime was nearly discovered, but she ultimately saved herself with a cunning lie. The physician, wearing orange and green, sits in the chamber on the left.
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