LOVERS PARTING, PAGE FROM A BOOK OF FABLES
June 30, 1556
Lovers parting, page from a book of fables
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Northern India, Mughal court, 16th century
Opaque watercolor with gold on paper, mounted on an album leaf with inner borders of gold-sprinkled blue paper and outer plain cream borders (recto); ink on paper, six lines of Persian calligraphy (verso)
Page: 36.1 x 24.8 cm (14 3/16 x 9 3/4 in.); Painting: 24 x 12 cm (9 7/16 x 4 3/4 in.)
Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 2013.303
The lovers have met in a remote wilderness location, away from the city shown in the distance. However, their affair has run its course, and they decide to part ways, each walking in opposite directions through an ominous landscape, where strange rock formations and an oversized serpent-slain by foxes gnawing on its innards-lend a sense of foreboding. As Mughal court painting developed into the last decades of the 16th century, artists began using increasingly muted colors and gentler shading techniques than they did in the more robust Adventures of Hamza at the left. The omission of a light source and shadows adds to a timeless, otherworldly impression to the landscape.
Banyavati inscription in Devenagari script in left margin describing the subject of the miniature: 'We failed to understand each other when we were together, the understanding in that respect may come to us on being separated".
Verso: From an album preface Persian text in nasta‘liq script: . . . and he also added illustrations and decorations and in truth an album was arranged that ever since the visage of rosy-cheeked beauties has