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The Parrot Addresses Khujasta at the Beginning of the Thirtieth Night, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot)

The Parrot Addresses Khujasta at the Beginning of the Thirtieth Night, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot)

c. 1560
(reigned 1556–1605)
Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 11.5 x 10.2 cm (4 1/2 x 4 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The parrot was overpainted and repositioned—his original tail is still visible!

Description

At the beginning of fifty-two consecutive nights, Khujasta prepares to depart her home to meet her lover. Before she leaves, she consults with Tuti, her husband’s wise talking parrot. On this occasion, he tells her the story of a woman, her children, and their dangerous encounter with a leopard.
  • ?–1959
    Estate of Breckinridge Long [1881–1958], Bowie, MD
    1959–1962?
    (Harry Burke Antiques, Philadelphia, PA)
    1959?–1962
    (Bernard Brown Agency, Milwaukee, WI, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Purchased with funds from Mrs. A. Dean [Helen Wade Greene] Perry)
    1962–
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Seyller, John. “Overpainting in the Cleveland T̤ūtīnāma.” Artibus Asiae 52, no. 3/4 (1992): 283-318. p. 317 www.jstor.org
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Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1962.279.198.a