NIKFAL, THE FORTUNE OF THE PRINCE IN THE FORM OF A WOMAN, OFFERS TO ACCOMPANY HIM, FROM A TUTI-NAMA (TALES OF A PARROT): EIGHTEENTH NIGHT
June 30, 1556
Nikfal, the fortune of the prince in the form of a woman, offers to accompany him, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Eighteenth Night
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India, Mughal, Reign of Akbar, 16th century
Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
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The animals in the background indicate that the scene is set in the forest.
After trading his signet ring for good luck, the prince continues on his journey. After walking for many miles, he meets a beautiful woman named Nikfal whom he immediately takes on as a servant. At the story’s conclusion, Nikfal reveals that she is the personification of the luck that he acquired in exchange for the ring.
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.132.a
Estate of Breckenridge Long, Bowie, MD, 1959; Harry Burke Antiques, Philadelphia, PA; Bernard Brown, Milwaukee, WI;
Nakhshabī, Z̤iyāʼ al-Dīn, and Muhammed Ahmed Simsar. Tales of a Parrot = The Cleveland Museum of Art's Ṭūṭīnāma. Cleveland: The Museum, 1978. Trans. pp. 124-129
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Thank You for Suggestion and replaced image with proper one.
This is not the same may be one of his great grand children ???