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Mahrusa’s marriage to the prefect of the city, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Thirty-sixth Night

Mahrusa’s marriage to the prefect of the city, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Thirty-sixth 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: 9.7 x 10.1 cm (3 13/16 x 4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.240.b

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Did you know?

The old woman in yellow is Mahrusa’s duenna, or governess.

Description

In the lower register, a musician, a dancer, and other revelers happily celebrate the wedding. The prefect, dressed in orange, sits on the left of the wedding scene while Mahrusa herself sits on the far right. Mahrusa, who has been rejected by the king, continues to wonder why he refused to marry her.

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