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)

Gum tempera, 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.b



The text of this manuscript was adapted, edited, and revised by Ziya al-Din Nakhshabi in 1329–30 from an earlier compilation called Gems of Nocturnal Conversations, written as a gift for the Sultan of Delhi. Turkic by ethnicity, but Persian-speaking, Nakhshabi settled in India. He was a religious cleric from Central Asia belonging to the mystical Sufi order of Islam. He rewrote and revised the earlier work, renamed it the Tuti-nama, and made the language more elegant and proper than the previous version.

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