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

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)
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