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The Tale of the Man in the Well, from the 'Iyar-i Danish (Touchstone of Wisdom) of Abu al-Fazl
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The Tale of the Man in the Well, from the 'Iyar-i Danish (Touchstone of Wisdom) of Abu al-Fazl


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Description This single leaf is from 'Iyar-I Danish, a text based on the genre of animal tales in the vein of Kalila wa Dimna. Abu'l Fazl translated Kalila wa Dimna and offered his audiences a simplified version of these captivating animal fables. The image shows the fate of a man who, escaping from a wild camel, jumps into a well. There his predicament grows even more precarious when he lands on the heads of four snakes, grasps in desperation at a bush gnawed by two rats, and looks down to see dragon waiting to devour him should he fall.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
10/18/1973Treatmentstabilized
7/01/1975Treatmentstabilized; mounted
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
late 10th century AH/late 16th century AD (Mughal)
Medium
opaque watercolor and ink on papermounted on pasteboard
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.692
Measurements
H: 13 3/16 x W: 8 1/4 in. (33.5 x 21 cm)
Geographies
  • India (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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