The snake enters into an argument with the frog, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Twenty-sixth Night

The snake enters into an argument with the frog, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Twenty-sixth 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: 9.5 x 10.2 cm (3 3/4 x 4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.183.b

Exhibition

Animal Fables of India (Indian art rotation)

Did you know?

The story takes place in China.

Description

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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