Dec 30, 2020

King Bahram, who has married Khassa’s daughter, has her tied to a camel to be abandoned in the desert as a result of false accusations made by Khulasa, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Fifty-first Night

King Bahram, who has married Khassa’s daughter, has her tied to a camel to be abandoned in the desert as a result of false accusations made by Khulasa, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Fifty-first 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: 7.4 x 10.3 cm (2 15/16 x 4 1/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.328.a

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The king is compared to Rustam, a legendary Persian warrior.

Description

The king, seated on a long-legged throne, furiously orders his wife’s execution. Khulasa, the king’s vizier, has attempted and failed to seduce her. Spurned by the queen’s rejection, he accuses her of committing adultery with another member of the court. At the center of the scene, a minister implores the king to abandon his wife, rather than have her beheaded.

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