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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: 9.5 x 10.2 cm (3 3/4 x 4 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.183.b
The story takes place in China.
Shapur, the exiled frog tyrant, brought a snake to his underground kingdom in a well to devour his enemies. However, when the snake became hungry again, he went on to eat Shapur’s friends and family. Without any subjects over whom to rule, the frog escaped his dangerous ally and lived out his life alone and fearful. The parrot then cautioned Khujasta to be careful when entering into a new partnership, or she might end up like Shapur.
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