Dec 28, 2020

The disguised Arab, substituting for Habbaza, is whipped by her husband for refusing a bowl of milk, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Twenty-fourth Night

The disguised Arab, substituting for Habbaza, is whipped by her husband for refusing a bowl of milk, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Twenty-fourth 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: 12.5 x 10.1 cm (4 15/16 x 4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.169.b

Location

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The white bowl of milk sits neglected in the center of the scene.

Description

While Habbaza is away carrying on an affair with her lover Bashir, Bashir’s friend dresses in Habbaza’s clothes and waits in her tent. Each night, Habbaza’s husband offers her milk and when she refuses, leaves her in peace. This time, however, he becomes enraged at her silence and lashes out.

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