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(Indian, active 1550s-1590s)
Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Painting only: 16.6 x 10 cm (6 9/16 x 3 15/16 in.); Overall: 20 x 14.4 cm (7 7/8 x 5 11/16 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.63.b
Two painters named Tara are known from the Akbar period.
Above, the enthroned king hears the appeal of the distressed handmaiden. Below, the bound and kneeling prince awaits his execution. Although the prince has been falsely accused of assaulting the handmaiden, he has taken a temporary vow of silence and is unable to defend himself. A vizier will stall the execution with a story about the dangers of women.
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