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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: 13.3 x 9.9 cm (5 1/4 x 3 7/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.46.a
This painting was likely done by the same artist who made folios 20r (1962.279.20.a), 30r (1962.279.30.a), and 46v (1962.279.46.b).
The vizier advised the king that he should tell the dervish that he must bring the head of the King of Kings before he will give his daughter in marriage to him. The dervish then went to the King of Kings with his plight, who said that he would go himself to the local king, and bring him his head still attached to his body. At the bottom of the composition is a formal garden with leafy groundcover and canals of water. The composition has been altered, as there was an oval of gold beneath the central pool of water and orange tiles under the architectural pavilions on the roof. The strip of blue with delicate floral arabesque was added in accordance with a taste for more updated Persian styles.
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