Indian and Himalayan Art
A Couple in the Morning Light (Vibhasa Ragini)
Artist/maker unknown, India
Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver-colored paint on paper
Currently not on view
1994-148-412Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994
LabelVibhasa 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.