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Sanveri Ragini, Page from a Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

Date:
ca. 1700–1710
Culture:
India (Himachal Pradesh, possibly Basohli or Nurpur)
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and silver on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 6 1/8 x 6 1/8 in. (15.6 x 15.6 cm); Page: 8 1/8 x 8 1/8 in. (20.6 x 20.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.178
Not on view
This painting, which is identified as the Sanveri Ragini by the inscription on the upper border, depicts a courtly woman seated on a silver throne in a wooded landscape. The falcon perched on her left hand is an allusion to a bird’s song. The ragamala genre in the Pahari Hill region of Himachal Pradesh diverged from that in Rajasthan, with variant iconographic subjects and different compositional solutions, as evidenced in this work’s square format and intense, flat ground color.
Inscription: Inscribed on the top border twice in Takri: "samveri ragani sri rage di bharaja" (Samveri Ragani, wife of Sri)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paintings in the Punjab Hills," 2003.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ragamala Paintings," 2003.

New York. Asia Society. "In the Realm of Gods and Kings: Arts of India, Selections from the Polsky Collections and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 14, 2004–December 10, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ragamala Paintings," 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in the Punjab Hills," November 20, 2007–March 16, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Hindu Court Painting," July 17, 2013–September 8, 2013.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ragamala: Picturing Sound," June 14, 2014–December 10, 2014.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Devotion in Indian Painting: A Curatorial Legacy," June 15, 2016–December 4, 2016.

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