Indian and Himalayan Art
Probably made in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia
Artist/maker unknown, India
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
2009-233-1Purchased with the Stella Kramrisch Fund, 2009
LabelThis 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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