Hearing her declaration of love, Ayaz falls at the feet of Mahmuda at the holy shrine. The scene is witnessed by Salim, Ayaz’s friend, and a maid, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Thirty-third Night

c. 1560
(reigned 1556–1605)
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.)
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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.
Hearing her declaration of love, Ayaz falls at the feet of Mahmuda at the holy shrine. The scene is witnessed by Salim, Ayaz’s friend, and a maid, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Thirty-third Night

Hearing her declaration of love, Ayaz falls at the feet of Mahmuda at the holy shrine. The scene is witnessed by Salim, Ayaz’s friend, and a maid, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Thirty-third Night

c. 1560

Mughal India, court of Akbar (reigned 1556–1605)

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