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Ragini Bangala, from a Garland of Musical Modes (Ragamala) manuscript

18th century

Opaque watercolor on paper

Approx.: 17 1/2 × 11 3/4 in. (44.5 × 29.8 cm)
Gift of Lauder Greenway, B.A. 1925, Ph.D. 1930
Although they are based in Indian musical traditions, Ragamalas were produced both at Hindu courts and at the Islamic court of the Mughal dynasty, which ruled over large swathes of northern India. This page, and two others hanging nearby, were made for the Mughals, and their compositions are characterized by a muted color palette, stark division between light and shadow, realistic atmospheric recession, and fine details in the floral motifs framing the illustrations. This image of Ragini Bangala, a consort of Raga Bhairava, depicts the ragini and her companion as two seated devotees with an idol of a god between them. The presence of Bhairava, or Lord Shiva, is indicated by the feline that guards the entrance to the temple.
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)

Said to have been given by the Maharaja of Kishangarh to a British army officer for services in 1857; Imre Schwaiger (1868-1940), New Delhi, India; acquired in 1938 in India by Lauder Greenway (1904–1981), New York; gift in 1939 to Yale University Art Gallery, New haven, Conn.

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