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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: 13.8 x 10 cm (5 7/16 x 3 15/16 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.226.a
The fairy is called a “peri” in Persian.
In the upper-right corner, Zuhra is imprisoned high atop a rocky outcrop. The evil fairy that captured her falls dead from the side of the mountain with an arrow in her chest. Zuhra’s three suitors have combined their unique talents in order to save her, yet it is ultimately the third who proves himself most worthy of her love.
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