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Folio from a manuscript of the Raga Darshan of Anup

Object Name:
Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date:
dated A.H. 1214/ A.D. 1799–1800
Geography:
Made in India, Hyderabad
Medium:
Gouache on paper
Dimensions:
H. 14 5/16 in. (36.4 cm) W. 10 1/16 in. (25.6 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art and funds from various donors, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.36a, b
Not on view
This folio from a Ragamala (garland of musical melodies) contains two paintings on either side. Ragamala paintings, images associated with traditional Indian musical melodies, often depict scenes of love and celebration. The paintings on this folio accompany the verses of Mah Laqa Bai Chanda, an eighteenth century courtesan from Hyderabad. The scene occupying the bottom half of this page shows the Hindu festival of Holi being celebrated on the streets by the locals while the British residents of the town maintain safe distance from inside. The patron Maharaj Raja Roa Rambha Jaiwant Nibalkar is identified in a dedication on another page, which is presently in another collection.
[ Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd., London, until 2007; sold to MMA]
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