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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: 8.7 x 10.2 cm (3 7/16 x 4 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.221.a
The red fence designates the boundary of a sacred space.
On the right, an ecstatic Ayaz, dressed in the orange tunic, reunites with his lover, Mahmuda, in a cemetery after her unwilling marriage to another man. Despite this separation, their mutual love has remained true. Salim, watching the reunion with Mahmuda’s maid, quickly devises a plan that will allow the couple to remain together.
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