Raga Khokhar, from a Garland of Musical Modes (Ragamala) manuscript Artist: Pahari School

18th century

Asian Art

The iconography of Raga Khokhar is similar to that of Raga Nata Deshakha in 1974.91.17, in which a figure hangs upside down from a pole flanked by men on either side. However, this painting features bejeweled gymnasts in acrobatic stances instead of wrestlers with their clubs and shields. It celebrates the triumph of the body in conforming to the will of the mind through practice.


Opaque watercolor on paper


8 × 10 1/2 in. (20.3 × 26.7 cm)

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Yale University Art Gallery

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Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)


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human figures (visual works)



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