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Page from Tales of a Parrot (Tuti-nama): Fourth night: The soldier receives a garland of roses from his wife which will remain fresh as long as she is faithful

Page from Tales of a Parrot (Tuti-nama): Fourth night: The soldier receives a garland of roses from his wife which will remain fresh as long as she is faithful

c. 1560

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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Overall: 20 x 14.3 cm (7 7/8 x 5 5/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.27.a

Description

Possibly the earliest surviving manuscript from the reign of the Mughal emperor Akbar, many of the illustrations were painted by Indian artists accustomed to working in a horizontal format derived from the use of palm leaves. They also chose to depict scenes without spatial depth, making use of patterns on blocks of color and angular gestures, all characteristic of indigenous, pre-Mughal painting styles.

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