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Ramkali Ragini: Page from a Dispersed Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

Date:
ca.1680
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Mewar)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
14 9/16 x 8 3/4 in. (37 x 22.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Roger Fund, 1954
Accession Number:
54.174
  • Description

    A lady's pique is sometimes expressed by the attentions of her lover, spoiling her to make up for his previous absence. Krishna's chariot stands below, showing that he has just arrived. Although the hero and heroine are represented here as Krishna and his beloved, the god's presence does not indicate that this should be understood as a religious painting. Radha and Krishna were the archetypal lovers and were featured in many worldly contexts. Even secular love poetry is full of religious feeling, and it would be difficult to make a strict division between sacred and secular painting or literature.

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