SALIM AND SALIMA RETURN TO AYAZ AND MAHMUDA IN THE SANCTUARY, FROM A TUTI-NAMA (TALES OF A PARROT): THIRTY-THIRD NIGHT

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December 31, 1559
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Akbar 1556–1605

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Salim and Salima return to Ayaz and Mahmuda in the sanctuary, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Thirty-third 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: 9.8 x 10.1 cm (3 7/8 x 4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.222.a

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The structure in the background, called a cenotaph, marks the tomb of a Sufi holy man.

DESCRIPTION

Childhood sweethearts Ayaz and Mahmuda sit together on the grass in the sanctuary, having recently been reunited after Mahmuda’s unwilling marriage to another man. Salim, Ayaz’s friend, enters from the left with his lover Salima. Together, the four decide to escape to a foreign city where they can live the rest of their lives in peace.

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