PAGE FROM TALES OF A PARROT (TUTI-NAMA): FORTY-SIXTH NIGHT: THE PARROT LAUGHS ON HEARING THE RAJA OF UJJAIN’S WIFE ADMIRE HER BEAUTY IN A MIRROR

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June 30, 1556
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Akbar 1556–1605

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Page from Tales of a Parrot (Tuti-nama): Forty-sixth night: The parrot laughs on hearing the Raja of Ujjain’s wife admire her beauty in a mirror
c. 1560

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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: 13.3 x 9.8 cm (5 1/4 x 3 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.292.b

DID YOU KNOW?

The mirror that the raja’s wife is holding is painted with silver and would have once looked reflective but has since tarnished.

DESCRIPTION

The raja’s wife claims to be the most beautiful woman in the world. The parrot laughs at her arrogance and tells them of a girl living in an underground kingdom whose beauty is incomparable. From the parrot’s words alone, the raja becomes obsessed with the girl and leaves to seek her company.

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Thank You for Suggestion and replaced image with proper one.

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This is not the same may be one of his great grand children ???

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