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Nasreddin Hodja riding on his mule

Nasreddin Hodja riding on his mule by Unknown artist

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Nasreddin Hodja has been variously described as a trickster, wise man, judge and story teller, whose tales have been popular for centuries throughout Turkey and the Muslim world. His tale 'Everyone Is Right' is a good example of his wisdom:

Once when Nasreddin Hodja was serving as qadi, one of his neighbors came to him with a complaint against a fellow neighbour. The Hodja listened to the charges carefully, then concluded, "Yes, dear neighbour, you are quite right."

Then the other neighbour came to him. The Hodja listened to his defense carefully, then concluded, "Yes, dear neighbour, you are quite right."

The Hodja's wife, having listened in on the entire proceeding, said to him, "Husband, both men cannot be right."

The Hodja answered, "Yes, dear wife, you are quite right."

Title
Nasreddin Hodja riding on his mule
Artist/creator
Production date
Unknown
Medium
watercolour, gouache and gold leaf on oriental paper
Dimensions
185 x 107 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mary Kisler in memory of Dame Judith Te Tomairangi o Te Aroha Binney and Sebastian Black, 2015
Accession no
2015/7
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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