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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: 8.8 x 10.2 cm (3 7/16 x 4 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.241.a
Gold flames issue from the king’s shoulders suggesting both his royal glory and passionate love.
The king peers into the courtyard from the balcony of his palace. Upon seeing Mahrusa, he is immediately captivated by her beauty and falls deeply in love despite his vizier’s attempts to keep them apart. The king is so enamored with Mahrusa that he becomes lovesick and ultimately dies.
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