Description This illustration from Walters manuscript W.624 depicts the story told to Bahram Gur by the princess of the white pavilion. It is a tale of a king on a quest for a sincere woman to marry. He is given a talisman to help him in his search. The talisman laughs whenever a woman is insincere. In this image, the gold statue laughs as a woman pretends to faint. Below the image is inscribed 'amal-i (work of) Surdas Gujarati.
- Pearls of the Parrot of India: The Emperor Akbar's Illustrated "Khamsa," 1597-1598. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 2005-2006.
Provenance Muhammad Zaki, 1241 AH/AD 1825-1826 [mode of acquisition unknown] [oval seal, fols. 1a, 211a]; 'abd al-raji Muhammad Shafi', 1247 AH/AD 1831-1832 [mode of acquisition unknown] [rectangular seal fols. 1a, 211a]; Muhammad 'Ali [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [large oval seal with no date on fol. 211a]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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