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(Indian, active 1550s-1590s)
Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Painting only: 14.8 x 10.3 cm (5 13/16 x 4 1/16 in.); Overall: 20 x 13.6 cm (7 7/8 x 5 3/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.60.b
Both the brothel madam and one of the customers in the courtyard bite the index finger in a gesture of surprise.
A merchant’s wife carries on affairs while her husband is away. On the journey home, the merchant buys a woman’s company for the night. His own wife answers the call. When the merchant’s identity is revealed, the wife attacks him in order to distract from her own indiscretions. Townspeople surrounding the merchant’s chamber look on at the sound of the assault.
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