Dec 30, 2020

The young man of Baghdad reunited with his slave-girl, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Forty-eighth Night

The young man of Baghdad reunited with his slave-girl, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Forty-eighth 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: 10.7 x 10.1 cm (4 3/16 x 4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.310.a

Location

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The space designated for the sky has not been painted.

Description

After the young man was left behind by his merchant ship, his lover, the slave girl, believed that he was dead. She erected a monument in his honor and donned black clothes of mourning, yet fate brought them together again. Here, the two lovers embrace in front of the young man’s empty grave.

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