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

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

c. 1560

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Mughal India, court of Akbar

(reigned 1556–1605)

Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper

Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 4.8 x 10.2 cm (1 7/8 x 4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.300.b

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The flat planes of bold color were favored by Indian artists before the time of Akbar.

Description

Against a brightly colored red and green background, Khujasta meets with Tuti the talking parrot. In order to keep her from leaving to visit her lover, the parrot tells Khujasta a moralizing story about four friends who were given magical shells by a wise man.

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