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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 6.2 x 10.2 cm (2 7/16 x 4 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.203.b
The painting depicting the blue jackal is in the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of the San Diego Museum of Art (1990.273).
On the thirty-first of fifty-two nights, Tuti the talking parrot begins to tell Khujasta a moralizing story about a blue jackal who, through trickery, briefly became the emir of wild beasts. The original underdrawing in black and red is visible beneath the flaked paint on Khujasta’s face and upper body.
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