The lion, suspecting treachery on the part of the monkey, slays him and flees, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Twenty-ninth Night

The lion, suspecting treachery on the part of the monkey, slays him and flees, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Twenty-ninth Night

c. 1560

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Mughal India, court of Akbar

(reigned 1556–1605)

Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Painting only: 12.5 x 10 cm (4 15/16 x 3 15/16 in.); Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.197.a

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A male torso, visible under the chipped paint, indicates this page was intended for another picture.

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The monkey, who once served as the lion’s chamberlain, lies mauled and dead in the meadow. The lion, who was once a formidable ruler, has become convinced that that the monkey betrayed him. In reality, the lion fell for a trick laid by a family of clever lynx who invaded his den.

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