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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: 10.1 x 10 cm (4 x 3 15/16 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.335.b
The cooked body of the seven-colored bird lies thrown on the tiled floor.
The treacherous man knows that whoever eats the bird’s head will become a king; however, the woman’s son has already eaten it. Enraged, he demands that she cut off her son’s head and cook it for him. Maddened by love, the woman agrees. The son’s nurse learns of the woman’s terrible plan and flees with him to safety.
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