Exhibitions/ Art Object

Ragini, possibly Asavari: Folio from a Ragamala Series

Date:
ca. 1700–1710
Culture:
India (Himachal Pradesh, Mankot)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 7 in. × 6 5/8 in. (17.8 × 16.8 cm) Sheet: 8 3/8 × 8 1/8 in. (21.3 × 20.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.85.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464
In this pictorial metaphor for a raga (a musical phrase that is used as the basis for improvisation), a lady charms the snakes entwining the adjacent trees. The tree motifs frame the young woman, seen against a monochromatic ground with arching skyline, gesturing to the snakes who respond to her movements. In a related theme, the Abhiri Ragini, the woman feeds the snakes milk from a bowl.
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