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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Painting only: 5.7 x 10.1 cm (2 1/4 x 4 in.); Overall: 20 x 13.9 cm (7 7/8 x 5 1/2 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.56.b
The prince’s execution is prevented by the king’s viziers, who recount a series of moralizing stories.
Embarrassed and angry that the prince rejected her advances, and worried that he will tell the king of her misconduct, the handmaiden preempts him by falsely accuses the prince of assaulting her. Since he has taken a vow of silence, he does not defend himself, so the king orders the prince to be beheaded.
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