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The eldest brother explains the reason for his youthful appearance, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Forty-ninth Night

The eldest brother explains the reason for his youthful appearance, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Forty-ninth Night

c. 1560

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Mughal India, court of Akbar

(reigned 1556–1605)

Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper

Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 9.9 x 10 cm (3 7/8 x 3 15/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.315.a

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Strings of pearls are braided into the woman’s hair.

Description

A king’s official sits conversing with the oldest of three brothers. Despite his advanced age, the man appears younger than all of his siblings. When asked, he explains that he has not aged because his life is free of anxiety: his farm yields abundant crops, and his wife is obedient and happy.

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