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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: 9 x 10.1 cm (3 9/16 x 4 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.243.a
Along with the parrot’s cage, Khujasta’s terrace pavilion contains a ewer and basin used for ablutions.
As the sun sets on the thirty-seventh of fifty-two nights, Khujasta speaks with Tuti the talking parrot. The parrot begins to tell her a tale about the son of the Emir of Sistan, who became the servant of a snake. The story conveys a moral about the importance of companionship and devotion.
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