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The son of the pious man slays the dragon, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Fifty-second Night

The son of the pious man slays the dragon, from a Tuti-nama (Tales of a Parrot): Fifty-second Night

c. 1560

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Mughal India, court of Akbar

(reigned 1556–1605)

Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 9 x 10.5 cm (3 9/16 x 4 1/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.337.b

Location

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Description

The mangled body of the dragon lies at the young man’s feet. Two poisoned arrows protrude from its side. The man has killed the dragon in hopes of marrying the king’s daughter. Although many warriors and brave men have failed at this task, the young man succeeds with ease.

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