Saranga-Dipak Ragini
Page from a dispersed ragamala series

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Geography:
Made in Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia
Probably made in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia

Date:
c. 1760-1770

Medium:
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Dimensions:
12 x 8 5/8 inches (30.5 x 21.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

* Gallery 227, Asian Art, second floor (Wood Gallery)

Accession Number:
2009-233-1

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Stella Kramrisch Fund for Indian and Himalayan Art, 2009

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Label:
This portrayal visualizes a musical mode through romantic love. Here the heroine, appearing weak with longing for her absent lover, rests against a tree. The pairs of animals around her symbolize love and passion and emphasize her solitary state. The approach of two ascetics suggests that the yearning for physical love is like the yearning to merge with the divine, the aim of such spiritual seekers. In the background, a seemingly unrelated scene shows a nobleman seated with his attendants, possibly a portrait of the patron of this particular ragamala series.


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