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The parrot addresses Khujasta at the beginning of the forty-third night, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot)

The parrot addresses Khujasta at the beginning of the forty-third night, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot)

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: 9.2 x 10.3 cm (3 5/8 x 4 1/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.276.a

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Khujasta holds a packet of paan for freshening the breath in her left hand.

Description

In this brightly patterned scene, Khujasta prepares to leave for a clandestine rendezvous. However, she is stopped by Tuti the parrot, who tells her two moralizing stories: one about a Muslim who broke his fast and another about a raja who could talk to animals. The stories last until sunrise, and Khujasta is unable to meet her lover.

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