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

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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: 12.5 x 10 cm (4 15/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.227.a

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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.

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