Apr 12, 2011

The court of the Raja of Ujjain, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Forty-sixth Night

The court of the Raja of Ujjain, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Forty-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: 15.9 x 10.1 cm (6 1/4 x 4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.291.b


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The artist of this folio attempted to make the windows on the back wall appear three dimensional.


When out hunting, the formidable raja of Ujjain captured a fantastic animal and brought it back to his court. It is described as being so soft that the fur of his body “made the back of the sable seem as hard as stone and the smoothness of whose coat made the fur of the ermine feel like the anvil of a blacksmith.”

In devising this wondrous creature’s appearance, the artist gave him cloven hoofs, a beak, and horns, as though inspired by European images of griffins, but with soft-looking fur.

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