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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 9.9 x 9.9 cm (3 7/8 x 3 7/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.329.b
The woman kneels on a rug and holds prayer beads, signaling her Islamic faith.
After being abandoned in the desert by her cruel husband, Khassa’s daughter is discovered by Khusrau, who is instantly captivated by her religious devotion. He proposes marriage and aptly punishes those who were cruel to her. The brick well that sustained her for many days in the desert is depicted in the foreground.
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