Dipak Raga: Folio from a Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes), Ink and opaque watercolor on paper, India (Madhya Pradesh, Ragugar?)

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.
Mr. and Mrs. John Kossak , New York (until 1982; donated to MMA)
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