A Couple in the Morning Light (Vibhasa Ragini)
Page from a dispersed ragamala series

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, Asia

c. 1750

Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver-colored paint on paper

Image: 8 1/8 × 5 15/16 inches (20.6 × 15.1 cm) Sheet: 12 × 8 13/16 inches (30.5 × 22.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994

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Vibhasa is translated as splendor or brightness, and thus has the sense of love and intimacy as morning light arrives. Musically, the raga is performed in the morning. Visually, Vibhasa Ragini is often personified by lovers with romantic symbols such as the floral arrows of the love god Kamadeva. Here, the hero uses floral arrows to gently wake his love from sleep and remind her of their shared night.