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