Khambhavati Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes), Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper, India (Rajasthan, Bikaner)

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.”
Maharaja of Bikaner , Rajasthan, India (possibly sold ca. 1970); Doris Wiener , New York (by 2000; given to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mughal Influence in Rajasthani Painting," 2001.

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in Rajasthan, 1650–1850," February 15, 2005–July 3, 2005.

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in Rajasthan," 2007.

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