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Ramkali Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

Date:
ca. 1605–06
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Bikaner)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
6 1/2 × 4 3/4 in. (16.5 × 12.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Steven Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.460.3
Not on view
The texts related to this ragini tell of a vivacious woman anxiously waiting for her lover, who arrives far too late. The written sources build tension by describing her high spirits and excitement at being near her hero as well as her wish to enchant him through her actions and sentiment. Still, she suspects he has been with another woman, which is dramatized by her gesture of rejection and his posture of apology. As is typical in Rajput painting, emotion is not indicated by facial expressions but rather by gesture and allusion.
Steven M. Kossak , New York (until 1981; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ragamala Paintings," 1995.

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

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. "Lyrical Visions: Paintings from North India," December 3, 2011–May 28, 2011.

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

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Divine Pleasures: Painting from India's Rajput Courts - The Kronos Collection," June 13, 2016–September 11, 2016.

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