The parrot addresses Khujasta at the beginning of the fifty-second night, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Fifty-second Night

The parrot addresses Khujasta at the beginning of the fifty-second night, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Fifty-second 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: 8.3 x 10.2 cm (3 1/4 x 4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.332.b

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Tuti is telling Khujasta a story about how the son of a pious man became a king.

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On the final night of the Tuti-nama, Khujasta asks Tuti the parrot if she can leave to visit her lover. As the story ends, Khujasta’s husband, Maymun, returns home from his journey. Her affair is revealed, and she is ultimately killed. Maymun shaves his head, dons the robes of an ascetic, and enters a hermitage.

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