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A Musician Charms a Mrig (Antelope)

Date:
ca. 1825
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Kota)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on cloth
Dimensions:
9 7/8 x 7 3/4 in. (25.1 x 19.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Friends of Asian Art, Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Saul Gift, by exchange, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.747
  • Description

    In the foreground, a female musician sits before a tower playing a stringed instrument called a vina, while a mrig stands transfixed before her; at the top of the tower, Krishna, attended by two maids, reaches out toward a tree. The scene is set in a type of landscape that is typical of Kota paintings—hilly and rocky and filled with stark trees and prowling animals. The suggestion that this is an illustration of Todi Ragini, a particular musical mode, is unlikely; in such images, a lady usually walks among several deer that she has already charmed with her playing.

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