Ragini, possibly Asavari: Folio from a Ragamala Series

India (Himachal Pradesh, Mankot)

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In this pictorial metaphor for a raga (a musical phrase that is used as the basis for improvisation), a lady charms the snakes entwining the adjacent trees. The tree motifs frame the young woman, seen against a monochromatic ground with arching skyline, gesturing to the snakes who respond to her movements. In a related theme, the Abhiri Ragini, the woman feeds the snakes milk from a bowl.

Ragini, possibly Asavari: Folio from a Ragamala Series, Ink and opaque watercolor on paper, India (Himachal Pradesh, Mankot)

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