Page from a dispersed ragamala series
Artist/maker unknown, India
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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.