Exhibitions/ Art Object

Shri Raga: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

mid-17th century
India (Rajasthan, Bundi)
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
8 1/4 x 4 3/4 in. (20.9 x 12.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Phillips, Gold and Company, 1981
Accession Number:
Not on view
Here the ruler is seen playing a rudra vina, accompanied by two musicians. This rare representation of ruler as performer appears in paintings from the Bundi and Kota courts. The work also references the fall harvest festivals, a time for relaxing and celebration. The complex architectural setting and the jewel-like treatment of flowering tree are typical of Bundi painting.
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