Malkos Raga: Page from a Dispersed Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)
India (Rajasthan, Marwar)
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
10 3/8 x 8 in. (26.4 x 20.3 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1955
Not on view
This painting perfectly illustrates the Malkos raga text, which describes a lord attended by a woman with a fly whisk who is entertained by others that play heavenly music like gandharvas; he wears a necklace of elephant pearls and has a gold crest on his head. The text emphasizes that he is saturated with love and that his mind is happy. Here, the artist skillfully integrated these elements in composition that perfectly resonates with the mood of this raga.
[The Kevorkian Foundation , New York, by 1955; sold to MMA]
Venice. Fondazione Giorgio Cini. "Miniature Islamiche dal XIII al XIX Secolo," 1962.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lyrical Visions: Paintings from North India," December 3, 2011–May 28, 2011.