Seven men disputing possession of a woman bring her before the Tree of Justice into which she is absorbed, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Sixth Night

Seven men disputing possession of a woman bring her before the Tree of Justice into which she is absorbed, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Sixth Night

c. 1560

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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Painting only: 10.4 x 9.8 cm (4 1/8 x 3 7/8 in.); Overall: 20 x 14.3 cm (7 7/8 x 5 5/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.42.a

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A few tools, such as a hammer and an axe, designate the men’s professions.

Description

The arm and leg of a woman are barely visible as she vanishes into the trunk of the Tree of Justice. Seven men surround the tree, each hoping that they might be deemed worthy to marry her. However, the woman, who began life as a carved wooden statue, is instead returned to the source of her origin.

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