Dec 30, 2020

The king’s emissary being provided with gifts for his mission to Rum in order to seek the hand of the emperor’s daughter in marriage, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Fiftieth Night

The king’s emissary being provided with gifts for his mission to Rum in order to seek the hand of the emperor’s daughter in marriage, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Fiftieth 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: 10.3 x 10.5 cm (4 1/16 x 4 1/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.317.a

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The king’s attendant holds a flywhisk, called a chauri.

Description

In the background, the enthroned king addresses his emissary while members of his court collect wrapped bundles of goods. The king has conquered all surrounding lands and become indifferent as a result. His vizier suggests marriage to the princess of Rum, secretly hoping that the plan will spur the neglectful king to action.

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