Dec 30, 2020

The pious man’s son presents the slain dragon to the king, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Fifty-second Night

The pious man’s son presents the slain dragon to the king, 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 x 10.2 cm (3 1/8 x 4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.338.a

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The king is distinguished by the sarpech, or plume ornament, in his turban.

Description

The king, wearing an orange tunic, is astounded, and he gestures to the headless body of the dragon, pierced with poisoned arrows, on the ground before him. Impressed by the young man’s courage and skill, the king allows him to marry his daughter and names him vice-regent.

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