Bairadi Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)
India (Rajasthan, Bikaner)
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
8 1/4 x 6 1/8 in. (21 x 15.6 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Eisenberg, 1981
Not on view
In this image lovers quarrel and the bedchamber remains empty, as evoked in a ragamala text: “That most beautiful one, wearing fine armlets . . . [is] holding off her beloved with her fly-whisk.” Much of Rajput style is distilled from early Mughal painting, as reflected in the architectural devices, the use of flattened color, and the figure types. Another painting from the same manuscript bears a date of Samvat 1662 (A.D. 1605–06), thus dating this work.