Salim and Salima return to Ayaz and Mahmuda in the sanctuary, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Thirty-third Night

Salim and Salima return to Ayaz and Mahmuda in the sanctuary, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Thirty-third 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: 9.8 x 10.1 cm (3 7/8 x 4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.222.a

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The structure in the background, called a cenotaph, marks the tomb of a Sufi holy man.

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Childhood sweethearts Ayaz and Mahmuda sit together on the grass in the sanctuary, having recently been reunited after Mahmuda’s unwilling marriage to another man. Salim, Ayaz’s friend, enters from the left with his lover Salima. Together, the four decide to escape to a foreign city where they can live the rest of their lives in peace.

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