The prince being taken away for execution on the false complaint of the handmaiden, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Eighth Night

The prince being taken away for execution on the false complaint of the handmaiden, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Eighth Night

c. 1560

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Mughal India, court of Akbar

(reigned 1556–1605)

Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Painting only: 5.7 x 10.1 cm (2 1/4 x 4 in.); Overall: 20 x 13.9 cm (7 7/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.56.b

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The prince’s execution is prevented by the king’s viziers, who recount a series of moralizing stories.

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Embarrassed and angry that the prince rejected her advances, and worried that he will tell the king of her misconduct, the handmaiden preempts him by falsely accuses the prince of assaulting her. Since he has taken a vow of silence, he does not defend himself, so the king orders the prince to be beheaded.

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