Dec 30, 2020

The guard spares the life of the slave when he learns that he is the son of the princess of the Rum, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Fiftieth Night

The guard spares the life of the slave when he learns that he is the son of the princess of the Rum, 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: 7.9 x 10 cm (3 1/8 x 3 15/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.321.b

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The guard hides the princess’s son and does not reveal his identity to the king.

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The king, mistakenly believing that the princess’s secret son is her lover, orders him to be executed. The young man is shown with hands bound and long hair in disarray; his unraveled turban lies on the ground at his side. Just before the guard can behead him, the princess’s son reveals his true identity, and his life is spared.

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