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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.67.b
The striped dome and yellow bricks are vestiges of an earlier style of painting.
The lover of the unfaithful wife sent a female messenger to arrange for their rendezvous. In a false display of horror, the wily adulteress blackened the face of the messenger as though to disgrace her and threw her out of the house, ordering her to be dumped by the side of a canal. That act, however, was a coded message to her lover to meet at the dark of night at that same location. The Indian artist Shravana added the pink brick wall to lend a sense of depth and dimensionality to the scene.
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