Page from Tales of a Parrot (Tuti-nama): Thirty-fifth night: The Brahman gives an account of his falling in love with the king of Babylon’s daughter to his friend, the magician

Page from Tales of a Parrot (Tuti-nama): Thirty-fifth night: The Brahman gives an account of his falling in love with the king of Babylon’s daughter to his friend, the magician

c. 1560

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Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper

Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.231.b

Description

The figure in orange is a magician addressing a seated Brahman—a member of India’s Hindu priestly class—who has come to him for help. He and the princess of Babylon have fallen in love and want to be together, but she is sequestered in the palace harem. The magician transformed the Brahman into a woman, shown at left, walking toward the palace. This is an example of continuous narration, in which two scenes are depicted in the same picture plane. The garden with flowering trees in the background evokes the setting where the Brahman and the princess met and fell in love.

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