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

18th century

Opaque watercolor on paper

17 1/2 × 11 3/4 in. (44.45 × 29.85 cm)
Gift of Lauder Greenway, B.A. 1925, Ph.D. 1930
By the eighteenth century, the iconography of ragas and raginis had become fairly standardized and was reproduced by different artistic schools. Both this painting and the one hanging nearby show Ragini Dhanasri as an elite woman drawing the figure of her lover, but they differ in style and color palette. While the painting from Rajasthan has solid washes of vibrant colors such as yellow, red, and blue that enliven the surface, this example makes use of subdued colors to create shadows and depth.
Not on view
India, Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)
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