In this dramatic painting, a king submits to justice after having accidentally killed a shepherd while hunting. He offers the boy's grieving mother a choice: to take his sword and cut off his head, which will fall in the golden dish between them, or to accept the second dish filled with gold. Some of the marginal figures are of European inspiration, while the rocks are Persian and the main figures are typically Mughal.
Alexander Smith Cochran, Yonkers, NY (until 1913; gifted to MMA)
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