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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: 9.1 x 10.2 cm (3 9/16 x 4 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.262.a
A lack of facial hair signals the lover’s youth.
Shahr-Arai and her husband sit together on the right, offering food to Shah-Arai’s lover. She has successfully tricked her gullible husband, and he gladly welcomes the young man into their household. From this point on, the three live happily together—the husband never uncovering the truth of Shah-Arai’s deception.
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