Jun 3, 2011

The magician disguised as a Brahman returns to claim his “daughter-in-law,” from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Thirty-fifth Night

The magician disguised as a Brahman returns to claim his “daughter-in-law,” from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Thirty-fifth Night

c. 1560

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Mughal India, court of Akbar

(reigned 1556–1605)

Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 11.3 x 10.1 cm (4 7/16 x 4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.236.a


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The previous painting, which shows the palace's reaction to the daughter-in-law’s disappearance, is currently in a private collection.


The story continues with a ruse to allow the Brahman and the princess to escape the king’s son and live happily ever after. The magician transformed the lovers into men, so they were able to leave the palace unrecognized. In order to garner a fortune on which they could support themselves, the magician approached the king in the guise of a Brahman to reclaim the woman he had entrusted to the harem and who he said was his daughter-in-law. When the king stated that she has disappeared, the magician in the form of a Brahman acted as though he would stab himself to death. The king assuaged him by paying a large sum of money as compensation for losing the woman. A servant brings a blue-and-white porcelain dish full of gold coins.

A different artist painted this page without referencing the appearance of either the king or the magician in the guise of a Brahman from the previous page.


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