Raga Shri, from a Garland of Musical Modes (Ragamala) manuscript Artist: Unknown

18th century

Asian Art

Like all the images in this manuscript, that of Raga Shri displays a pictorial style established by Mughal artists that integrates European techniques with the Persianate and Indian painting traditions. Such practices include using shadows to create an illusion of volumetric masses and recession into depth as well as recording minute details to suggest a documentational eye. These elements make paintings in the Mughal style look more naturalistic than the often consciously abstracted visual arts of the Persianate courts of Greater Iran and the Rajput and Pahari courts of South Asia.


Opaque watercolor on paper


Approx.: 17 1/2 × 11 3/4 in. (44.5 × 29.8 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Lauder Greenway, B.A. 1925, Ph.D. 1930

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Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)


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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; sold in India to Lauder Greenway (1904–1981), New York, 1938; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1940
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