Sanveri Ragini, Page from a Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)
India (Himachal Pradesh, possibly Basohli or Nurpur)
Ink, opaque watercolor, and silver on paper
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)
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2002
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 251
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)