Exhibitions/ Art Object

Ragini, possibly Asavari: Folio from a Ragamala Series

Date:
ca. 1700–1710
Culture:
India (Himachal Pradesh, Mankot)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 7 in. × 6 5/8 in. (17.8 × 16.8 cm)
Sheet: 8 3/8 × 8 1/8 in. (21.3 × 20.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.85.1
Not on view
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.
[ Ananda K. Coomaraswamy , Boston, until 1927; sold to MMA]
New York. China House. "Indian Paintings, Eleventh to Twentieth Century," May 3, 1956–May 25, 1956.

New York. Asia House Gallery. "Rajput Painting," November 29, 1960–January 30, 1961.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ragamala Paintings," 1999.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in the Punjab Hills," 1999–2000.

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. 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.

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