Ramkali Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)
India (Rajasthan, Mewar)
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
14 9/16 x 8 3/4 in. (37 x 22.2 cm)
Roger Fund, 1954
Not on view
Radha turns her head away and spurns her lover Krishna, who is only now returning in the early morning as he has spent the night with another. The original audience for this work would have also known that Radha is excited by Krishna’s presence, and it is this contradiction that charges the work with emotion. In the lower zone we see Ganesha as a charioteer. This work is part of a large ragamala series that preserves early architectural conventions and figure types that were distilled from Mughal painting conventions and shared by artists in both the Mewar and Malwa courts.
Inscription: Written on back: Malash dasn ragani Ramagadi / 31 Sticker: Katchadourian / 160