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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 [ST1] surrounding the merchant’s chamber look on at the sound of the assault.
[ST1]Seyller refers to them as servants, I wasn’t sure.
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