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

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Geography:
Made in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, Asia

Date:
c. 1750

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

Dimensions:
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:
1994-148-412

Credit Line:
Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994

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Label:
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.