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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Overall: 20 x 13.3 cm (7 7/8 x 5 1/4 in.); Painting only: 11.1 x 10.2 cm (4 3/8 x 4 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.215.a
This painting is attributed to Bihzad, the son of Abd al-Samad the Persian master of the Mughal court.
Three men kneel in the bowels of a dark cave where they have been trapped while seeking hidden treasure. Fearful and desperate, they suddenly hear a disembodied voice that orders them to confess their transgressions. As each man speaks, a portion of the boulder disappears, and they are ultimately freed.
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