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The third suitor, who is an archer, shoots the wicked fairy who has imprisoned Zuhra. He rides on a magic horse prepared by the second suitor and is led to the spot by the divining prowess of the first, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Thirty-fourth

The third suitor, who is an archer, shoots the wicked fairy who has imprisoned Zuhra. He rides on a magic horse prepared by the second suitor and is led to the spot by the divining prowess of the first, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Thirty-fourth 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: 13.8 x 10 cm (5 7/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.226.a

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The fairy is called a “peri” in Persian.

Description

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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