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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: 11.5 x 9.8 cm (4 1/2 x 3 7/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.54.b
The four points of cloth at the bottom of the men’s tunics are for tying up when mounted on horseback.
As the prince grew up, he was failing in his studies. After 12 years of frustration, the king found a teacher who used pictures and creative oral techniques to help him learn. When the day came for his examinations that would prove him fit to rule, both the prince and the teacher were confident that he was well prepared. Before going in for the examinations, the teacher read his horoscope and discovered that disaster would befall him that very week, unless he kept completely silent until the seven-day period of danger had passed. The painting on this page shows the prince in blue next to his teacher in yellow, kneeling before the king.
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