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The Parrot Addresses Khojasta from the Tutinama

Type
Album folio with painting
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, Reign of Akbar, ca. 1565-1570
Movement
Mughal Court
School
Mughal School
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimension(s)
H x W (painting recto): 9.6 × 10.1 cm (3 3/4 × 4 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1991.8
Label
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.

To 1959
The Estate of the Honorable Breckenridge Long, Laurel, Maryland, to 1959 [1]

From 1959
Unidentified buyer, purchased at auction, William D. Morley, Inc., Philadelphia, October 7, 1959, lot no. 2303 [2]

Edwin Binney, 3rd, Brookline, MA [3]

William K. Ehrenfeld (died 2005), San Francisco [4]

From 1991
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased at auction, Sotheby's, New York, October 28, 1991, lot no. 2 [5]

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Note 6, Milo C. Beach, November 1991, in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

[3] 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).

[4] 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).

[5] 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
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Keyword(s)
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






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