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The dervish brings the King of Kings before the king of Bahilistan, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Seventh Night

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December 31, 1559
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Cleveland Art
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Akbar 1556–1605

The dervish brings the King of Kings before the king of Bahilistan, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Seventh Night

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The dervish brings the King of Kings before the king of Bahilistan, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Seventh 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 Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 13.3 x 9.9 cm (5 1/4 x 3 7/8 in.) Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.46.a DID YOU KNOW? This painting was likely done by the same artist who made folios 20r (1962.279.20.a), 30r (1962.279.30.a), and 46v (1962.279.46.b). DESCRIPTION The vizier advised the king that he should tell the dervish that he must bring the head of the King of Kings before he will give his daughter in marriage to him. The dervish then went to the King of Kings with his plight, who said that he would go himself to the local king, and bring him his head still attached to his body. At the bottom of the composition is a formal garden with leafy groundcover and canals of water. The composition has been altered, as there was an oval of gold beneath the central pool of water and orange tiles under the architectural pavilions on the roof. The strip of blue with delicate floral arabesque was added in accordance with a taste for more updated Persian styles. PROVENANCE Estate of Breckenridge Long, Bowie, MD, 1959; Harry Burke Antiques, Philadelphia, PA; Bernard Brown, Milwaukee, WI; CITATIONS Chandra, Pramod, and Daniel J. Ehnbom. The Cleveland Tuti-Nama Manuscript and the Origins of Mughal Painting. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1976. p. 95 EXHIBITION HISTORY Main gallery rotation (Gallery 245): November 2, 2015 - April 4, 2016. Streams and Mountains Without End: Asian Art and the Legacy of Sherman E. Lee at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (June 27-August 23, 2009).

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