MAHRUSA KILLS HERSELF AT THE TOMB OF THE KING OF ZABUL, AND HER HUSBAND DOES LIKEWISE, FROM A TUTI-NAMA (TALES OF A PARROT): THIRTY-SIXTH NIGHT

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June 30, 1556
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Akbar 1556–1605

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DESCRIPTION

Mahrusa kills herself at the tomb of the king of Zabul, and her husband does likewise, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Thirty-sixth Night
c. 1560

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India, Mughal, Reign of Akbar, 16th century
Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 10.2 x 10.3 cm (4 x 4 1/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.242.a

DID YOU KNOW?

Mahrusa is married to the prefect of the city.

DESCRIPTION

Mahrusa lies slumped across the king’s tomb with a gold knife imbedded in her chest. She has committed suicide as penance for the king’s death. Mahrusa’s husband lies dead at her side, bloody knife in hand. On the right, a man watches the gruesome scene in shock. Following their deaths, Mahrusa, her husband, and the king become revered as martyrs.

PROVENANCE

Estate of Breckenridge Long, Bowie, MD, 1959; Harry Burke Antiques, Philadelphia, PA; Bernard Brown, Milwaukee, WI;