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

Date:
ca. 1680
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Sirohi)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
8 3/4 x 6 3/8 in. (22.2 x 16.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.398.11
Not on view
The Vilaval ragaini is to be performed in the morning, as suggested by the sun rising in a dark sky. In poetry this raga is described as a lady preparing to meet her lover, and here she is shown looking in a mirror and fixing her earrings. The pavilion is represented without depth and great emphasis is given to surface patterning. The orange borders and the red and green color fields in the architectural frame link the work to an exquisite ragamala series attributed to the Sirohi court. The overall composition may be compared to late seventeenth-century Malwa court styles, with which the artist of this series likely had contact.
Inscription: Inscribed above in devanagari: ka[?]; and velaval ragani 14
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