Oct 31, 2011

The prince sent back to the place of execution for the sixth time, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Eighth Night

The prince sent back to the place of execution for the sixth time, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Eighth Night

c. 1560

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Suraju

(Indian)

Mughal India, court of Akbar

(reigned 1556–1605)

Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Painting only: 10.3 x 10.3 cm (4 1/16 x 4 1/16 in.); Overall: 20 x 14.3 cm (7 7/8 x 5 5/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.69.b

Location

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Both the handmaiden and the vizier have been overpainted and repositioned.

Description

The deceitful handmaiden addresses the king, who sits against a golden floral backdrop. She appeals for the sixth time to have the young prince executed. In the lower register, the prince kneels with his hands bound, awaiting execution. The king’s vizier, dressed in orange, once again stalls the execution.

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