The young prince recounts his experiences to his father, the king, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Eighth Night

The young prince recounts his experiences to his father, the king, 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

Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 11 x 10.1 cm (4 5/16 x 4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.72.a

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The prince’s tutor had forbidden him from speaking for the last week.

Description

After seven days the young prince’s vow of silence has come to an end, and he is finally able to speak and defend himself against false charges of assault by the handmaiden. He addresses his enthroned father while the surrounding members of the king’s court look on. The deceitful handmaiden who accused the prince stands alone in the chamber in the upper right.

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