The destitute Mukhtar meets his wife Maimuna at a holy shrine, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Twenty-fifth Night

The destitute Mukhtar meets his wife Maimuna at a holy shrine, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Twenty-fifth 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: 13.2 x 10.1 cm (5 3/16 x 4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.175.b

Location

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A woman places a garland on a cenotaph, probably marking the grave of a Sufi holy man.

Description

In the center of the image, a surprised Mukhtar, dressed in rags, confronts his wife. A few days prior, he had attempted to kill her in order to steal all of her possessions. Now destitute, Mukhtar begs for his wife’s forgiveness, which she grants.

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