Exhibitions/ Art Object

Vasanti Ragini, Page from a Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

Date:
ca. 1710
Culture:
India (Himachal Pradesh, Bilaspur)
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 7 5/16 x 4 5/8 in. (18.6 x 11.7 cm)
Page: 8 1/2 x 6 1/8 in. (21.6 x 15.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.5
Vasant means “spring,” and here, two women stand in a burgeoning springtime landscape, filling baskets with flowers. The style of the picture and its vertical format are close to those seen in works from early eighteenth-century Bilaspur. The manuscript to which this page belonged was once in the royal collection of Mandi, likely reflecting the mobility of artists between courts, as witnessed elsewhere in both Rajasthan and at the hill courts of Himachal Pradesh.
Inscription: Inscribed on back in takri and nagari: Ragini Vasanti Hindole ri bharya
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ragamala Paintings," 2003.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "New Acquisitions in Perspective," 2006.

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

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Devotion in Indian Painting: A Curatorial Legacy," June 15, 2016–December 4, 2016.

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