Andhrayaki Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)
India (Himachal Pradesh, Bilaspur)
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Image: 7 3/8 x 4 7/8 in. (18.7 x 12.4 cm)
Page: 8 1/2 x 6 1/8 in. (21.6 x 15.6 cm)
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2006
Within the palace interior a lady reclines on her bed, restlessly pulling her hair in frustration at the absence of her lover. Her maids are outside, sheltering themselves with their saris from a great thunderstorm that fills the sky. The dark swirling clouds are riven by bolts of lightning. The drama of the storm serves as a metaphor for the turmoil of love.