Jul 21, 2011

Page from Tales of a Parrot (Tuti-nama): text page

Page from Tales of a Parrot (Tuti-nama): text page

c. 1560

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Mughal India, court of Akbar

(reigned 1556–1605)

Ink and gold on paper

Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.96.a

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Description

The text of this manuscript is written in the Persian language using a clear form of the Arabic script called naskh. On this page the parrot is feigning concern that Khujasta's lover might not be as highborn as he claims to be. The prose is interrupted with lines of verse written in the gold-outlined boxes and introduced in blue with the word qat'e, meaning cut, as though the verse is cutting into the story.

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Collection: 
Indian Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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