Exhibitions/ Art Object

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

ca. 1640–50
India (Himachal Pradesh, Mandi)
Opaque watercolor, silver, gold and ink on paper
Page: 10 9/16 x 8 1/16 in. (26.8 x 20.5 cm) Image: 9 x 6 1/2 in. (22.9 x 16.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1958
Accession Number:
Not on view
A female devotee is worshiping at a Shaiva shrine inside a palace compound, with a lotus pond in the foreground. She has placed an offerings of fresh flowers on the linga and, as we know from the ragamala verse written above, is singing hymns in praise of her Lord, accompanied by hand cymbals (manjira). Intense, glowing colors underscore the true theme of this subject, the passion of devotion (bhakti).
Inscription: Inscribed: synoptic ragamala in cartouche

Marking: Written on back: No. 12
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