The Raja’s son vows to sever his head and offer it to the image if he is united with the princess he has seen in the temple, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Thirty-fourth Night

c. 1560
(reigned 1556–1605)
Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 12.5 x 10 cm (4 15/16 x 3 15/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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In this painting, intended for a Muslim patron, the sculpture of a Hindu deity lacks a face and hands.

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The raja’s son, wearing orange, stands with his hands raised in supplication before an enshrined golden image. When he entered the temple for worship, he encountered a princess and instantly became deeply enamored by her beauty. Upon arriving home, his father ensured that the two would be married, although the promised self-sacrifice remained unfulfilled.
The Raja’s son vows to sever his head and offer it to the image if he is united with the princess he has seen in the temple, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Thirty-fourth Night

The Raja’s son vows to sever his head and offer it to the image if he is united with the princess he has seen in the temple, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Thirty-fourth Night

c. 1560

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

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