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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: 9.2 x 10.2 cm (3 5/8 x 4 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.237.a
Zabul is a city in southern Afghanistan.
On the thirty-sixty of fifty-two nights, Khujasta stands before Tuti the talking parrot in a brightly patterned courtyard. In order to keep Khujasta from visiting her lover, Tuti begins to tell her the tragic story of the King of Zabul, who fell for a merchant’s daughter and ultimately died as a result of his unrequited love.
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