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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Painting only: 16.7 x 9.9 cm (6 9/16 x 3 7/8 in.); Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.49.b
The boiling oil purifies the old man by burning away his animal characteristics.
The rejuvenated King of Kings, dressed in orange, stands at the bottom of a pit with the daughter of the king of the jinns and her elderly lover. The Brahman, dressed in white, peers over the edge. The King rubs the old man with the elixir of life so that he can pass through the oil and be purified.
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