Page from Tales of a Parrot (Tuti-nama): Forty-eighth night: The young man of Baghdad solicits advice from a friend at the behest of his slave-girl who is adept at music
June 30, 1556
Page from Tales of a Parrot (Tuti-nama): Forty-eighth night: The young man of Baghdad solicits advice from a friend at the behest of his slave-girl who is adept at music c. 1560 Part of a set. See all set records India, Mughal, Reign of Akbar, 16th century Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 10.3 x 9.9 cm (4 1/16 x 3 7/8 in.) Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.305.a DID YOU KNOW? The girl’s left eye extends beyond the contours of her face, and she wears an ivory plug earring; both are common features of pre-Mughal painting. DESCRIPTION The young man, on the right, shares his problem with his friend. His lover, the slave girl, waits in the background, harp in hand. The man has squandered his riches and now seeks a way to earn them back. His friend suggests that he should become a musician and entertain nobility. Finding this advice degrading, the young man declines and decides to sell the girl. PROVENANCE Estate of Breckenridge Long, Bowie, MD, 1959; Harry Burke Antiques, Philadelphia, PA; Bernard Brown, Milwaukee, WI;
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