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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: 8.9 x 20 cm (3 1/2 x 7 7/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.165.b
The gold sky and blue hill are traits learned from Safavid Persian painting.
Before Khujasta can sneak away to meet her secret lover, her husband’s talking parrot, Tuti, begins to tell her a tale about a man named Bahir and his lover Habbaza. Like all Tuti’s stories, this is accompanied by a moral message and intended to keep Khujasta from leaving for the night.
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