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The Raja’s daughter and her lover stoned to death for adultery, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Forty-Second Night

The Raja’s daughter and her lover stoned to death for adultery, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Forty-Second 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: 11.3 x 10.5 cm (4 7/16 x 4 1/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.272.b

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The woman’s treachery was predicted from birth.

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In this gory scene, the body of the raja’s daughter lies crumbled and bloody at her lover’s side. He sits resolutely facing his executioners with his hair disheveled and a pained expression on his face. The couple is surrounded by a group of men who wield stones in their raised hands.

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