Exhibitions/ Art Object

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

Date:
ca. 1675
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Bikaner)
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
6 1/4 x 5 in. (15.9 x 12.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Doris Wiener, in honor of Steven Kossak, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.321
Not on view
Here a female mendicant makes a Vedic fire offering to the god Brahma who is represented with four overlapping faces and holds a text, rosary (mala), and flower. An earlier ragamala text of 1550 provides the following description of Brahma: “He [Brahma] teaches the Vedas . . . and causes other to perform the fire-oblation. A bright garment covers the beauty of [her] body; [her] fair colour gleams.”
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