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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Painting only: 10.2 x 10.6 cm (4 x 4 3/16 in.); Overall: 20.1 x 14.3 cm (7 15/16 x 5 5/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.16.a
The near sacrifice of the sentinel’s son parallels the Qur'an’s story of Abraham and Ishmael.
The loyal sentinel, in orange, holds a knife to his son’s throat, ready to sacrifice him to save the life of his dying king, the shah. The shah himself watches from behind the tree on the right. At the left, the female personification of the shah’s soul intervenes, saving both the shah and the sentinel’s son.
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