Nata Ragini (A Horseman Battles Foot Soldiers)
Page from a dispersed ragamala series (garland of musical modes)

Artist/maker unknown, India

Geography:
Made in Madhya Pradesh, Malwa Region, India, Asia

Date:
c. 1650-1660

Medium:
Opaque watercolor with gold on paper

Dimensions:
Image: 7 7/16 × 5 3/4 inches (18.9 × 14.6 cm) Sheet: 8 1/8 × 6 7/16 inches (20.6 × 16.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1987-52-3

Credit Line:
Gift of Stella Kramrisch, 1987

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Label:
Nata raga is most often shown as a furious battle in which a soldier on horseback lops off the head of a foot soldier. Here a mounted figure (who, oddly, wears a short blouse and may be meant as a woman) is set against a bright red ground with a white, arched horizon separating it from the pure black sky. A foot soldier cowers from the upraised sword. Beneath the horse's hoofs lies a recently slain corpse; parts of its body and the blood gushing from its severed neck break into the yellow border, a space originally reserved for text.