Asian Art

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

late 16th century

Opaque watercolor and ink on paper

7 9/16 × 5 1/2 in. (19.2 × 14 cm)
framed: 13 1/4 × 10 11/16 in. (33.6 × 27.1 cm)
The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald
Ragini Gujari inhabits a secluded space at the center of the composition, separated from her female attendant and the empty bedchamber by the architectural framework. Her lover is absent, so she passes her time in solitude. Performed during the day, this musical mode is meant to evoke compassion.
Indian, Madhya Pradesh, Malwa
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)

Vera M. MacDonald and John D. MacDonald, Boston, Mass., by 2001; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2001

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