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Dipak Raga: Folio from a Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

Date:
1630–40
Culture:
India (Madhya Pradesh, Ragugar?)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
Overall: 9 3/4 × 7 7/8 in. (24.8 × 20 cm)
Framed: 19 7/8 x 14 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. (50.5 x 37.8 x 3.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of John and Evelyn Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.462.4
Not on view
The Dipak Raga is associated with night and is meant to evoke the mood of intimacy between lovers. Legend has it that one of Emperor Akbar’s musicians started a palace fire after being forced to play this raga against his better judgment. Typically, depictions of this raga incorporate fire imagery of some sort; here, it takes the form of a pair of women holding lamps. No illusionistic space is shown and the figures are juxtaposed within a mapped architectural space as is typical of Malwa painting from the first half of the seventeenth century.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Selections for the Opening of The Florence and Herbert Irving Galleries," 1994.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Indian Paintings," 1994–95.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ragamala Paintings," 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paintings from Mewar," 1998.

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. "Painting at Mewar," May 17, 2004–October 5, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Illustrated Manuscripts in India: Late 13th–early 17th Century," 2004.

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.

Salem. Peabody Essex Museum. "Midnight to the Boom, Painting in India after Independence," February 2, 2013–April 21, 2013.

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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