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Asian Art

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

ca. 1630–1660

Opaque watercolor on paper

6 5/16 × 5 in. (16 × 12.7 cm)
framed: 12 5/8 × 10 11/16 in. (32 × 27.2 cm)
The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald
Performed in the evening, the musical mode Ragini Patamanjari is depicted in this image as a grief-stricken aristocratic woman, who is resentful toward her lover for his absence. Her female companion appeases her.
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)

Datia State Collection, India [see note 1]. Acquired by Vera M. MacDonald and John D. MacDonald, Boston, Mass., by 2001; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2001

Note 1: Stamp on verso of painting


W. G. Archer, Indian Miniatures (Greenwich, Conn.: New York Graphic Society, 1960), no. 33.

Maggs Bros., “Bulletin,” Maggs Bros. no. 8 (1965).

Maggs Bros., “Bulletin,” Maggs Bros. no. 43 (1965).

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