The lover of Hamnaz, who has been hanged from the gallows, bites off her nose when she kisses him, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Twenty-fifth Night

The lover of Hamnaz, who has been hanged from the gallows, bites off her nose when she kisses him, 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: 13.5 x 10.1 cm (5 5/16 x 4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.177.a

Location

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The gallows originally had four legs, discernible under infrared light.

Description

Hamnaz stands on a stool embracing her lover as he hangs. He has been put to death as punishment for being caught in their affair. Disfiguring her face serves as his final act of vengeance.

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