The Parrot Addresses Khojasta from the Tutinama
- Album folio with painting
- Historical period(s)
- Mughal dynasty, Reign of Akbar, ca. 1565-1570
- Mughal Court
- Mughal School
- Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
- H x W (painting recto): 9.6 × 10.1 cm (3 3/4 × 4 in)
- Credit Line
- Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- Originally a fourteenth-century Persian tale, the Tutinama (Tales of a Parrot) consists of fifty-two stories that a parrot tells his mistress, Khojasta, to detain her from leaving home to meet with a lover during her husband's absence. The Persian text on this page identifies it as the forty-fifth story; the parrot tells Khojasta about a cunning snake, thereby advising his mistress to avoid deception. This page comes from an illustrated copy of the text attributed to the patronage of the Mughal emperor Akbar.
The Estate of the Honorable Breckenridge Long, Laurel, Maryland, to 1959 
Unidentified buyer, purchased at auction, William D. Morley, Inc., Philadelphia, October 7, 1959, lot no. 2303 
Edwin Binney, 3rd, Brookline, MA 
William K. Ehrenfeld (died 2005), San Francisco 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased at auction, Sotheby's, New York, October 28, 1991, lot no. 2 
 According to Curatorial Note 6, Milo C. Beach, November 1991, in the object record.
 See note 1.
 See Indian Miniature Painting from the Collections of Edwin Binney, 3rd: I. The Mughal and Deccani Schools (Portland Art Museum, 1973), no. 12a (according to Curatorial Note 6, Milo C. Beach, November 1991, in the object record).
 See Daniel J. Ehnbom, Indian Miniatures - The Ehrenfeld Collection (Hudson Hills Press, 1985) (according to Curatorial Note 6, Milo C. Beach, November 1991, in object record).
 See Curatorial Note 6, Milo C. Beach, November 1991, in object record.
- Former owner
- Hon. Breckenridge Long
Edwin Binney 3rd
Dr. William K. Ehrenfeld (1935 - 2005)
Sotheby's (New York)
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), parrot, Reign of Akbar (1556 - 1605), WWII-era provenance
- Collection(s) Area
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum