A Female Musician Charms an Antelope, Ink and opaque watercolor on cloth, Western India, Rajasthan, Kota

A Female Musician Charms an Antelope

Date:
ca. 1825
Culture:
Western India, Rajasthan, Kota
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on cloth
Dimensions:
9 7/8 x 7 3/4 in. (25.1 x 19.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Friends of Asian Art, Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Saul Gift, by exchange, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.747
Not on view
The rugged, inhospitable terrain of Rajasthan, a favorite setting for Kota court artists, provides an unlikely context for a dalliance with the god Krishna. A prominent hunting tower—built to facilitate the shooting of animals driven into range by beaters—overlooks the sparsely wooded landscape. In the foreground, a female musician sits before the tower playing a sitar, while a mrig (a type of musk deer) stands before her, transfixed by the music. From the turret of the tower, Krishna gestures toward a leopard retreating over the horizon; another big cat climbs the hill.
J. Leroy Davidson , Los Angeles (by 1968; sold to Doris Wiener Gallery by 2001); [ Doris Wiener Gallery , New York, by 2001; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mughal Influence in Rajasthani Painting," 2001.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings from the Courts of North India: Sixteenth to Nineteenth Century," 2002.

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.