Exhibitions/ Art Object

Desvarati Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

India (Rajasthan, Bikaner)
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Image: 6 7/8 × 4 5/8 in. (17.5 × 11.7 cm) Sheet: 8 5/8 in. × 6 in. (21.9 × 15.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Steven Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1987
Accession Number:
Not on view
Ragamala texts describe the woman in this scene as “a lady whose gesture is one of languor and silence, whose eyes are restless from lack of sleep, who is exhausted by the effort of love-making.” Here, the artist shows a woman sitting with arms upraised in longing, looking back at an empty bed in an attempt to translate the mood of the text and the related musical passage into a pictorial representation.
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