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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: 10.3 x 9.9 cm (4 1/16 x 3 7/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.305.a
The girl’s left eye extends beyond the contours of her face, and she wears an ivory plug earring; both are common features of pre-Mughal painting.
The young man, on the right, shares his problem with his friend. His lover, the slave girl, waits in the background, harp in hand. The man has squandered his riches and now seeks a way to earn them back. His friend suggests that he should become a musician and entertain nobility. Finding this advice degrading, the young man declines and decides to sell the girl.
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