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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: 8.8 x 10 cm (3 7/16 x 3 15/16 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.311.a
The original underdrawing is visible where the paint has flaked from Khujasta’s face.
On the forty-ninth of fifty-two nights, Tuti the wise, talking parrot tells Khujasta a moralizing story about three brothers, two of whom aged prematurely, while the third remained young. The story lasts until sunrise, and Khujasta is unable to leave to visit her lover.
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