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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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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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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 c. 1560 Part of a set. See all set records India, Mughal, Reign of Akbar, 16th century Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper DID YOU KNOW? The animals in the background indicate that the scene is set in the forest. DESCRIPTION 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 PROVENANCE Estate of Breckenridge Long, Bowie, MD, 1959; Harry Burke Antiques, Philadelphia, PA; Bernard Brown, Milwaukee, WI; CITATIONS 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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