Gum tempera and gold on paper
Page: 19.1 x 16.5 cm (7 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.)
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.123
The hero carries two garlands in his hands as souvenirs of the previous night.
After a night of lovemaking, the lover leaves his sleeping consort early in the morning. He thoughtfully turns his head to take a last look at his beautiful beloved before departing. The heroine, unaware of her lover’s egression, slumbers on the footed bed with boldly patterned textile. The break of dawn has been depicted with the depiction of blue sky overlapping the black background.
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