Ragini Dhanasri, from a Garland of Musical Modes (Ragamala) Artist: Unknown

ca. 1630

Asian Art

A musical mode performed in the evening, Ragini Dhanasri is depicted here in a palatial setting accompanied by a female attendant. She draws a picture of her lover, while the empty bed to her left alludes to his absence. The pair of cranes soaring above the palace refers to the lovers’ eventual reunion.


Opaque watercolor on paper


8 3/16 × 5 1/2 in. (20.8 × 13.9 cm)
framed: 15 3/8 × 12 1/16 in. (39 × 30.6 cm)

Credit Line

The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald

Accession Number



Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)


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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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histories (visual works), human figures (visual works)


Mhari Chetairam Urchhai. MOr Mhari Chetrayi Karche. Meaning the woman is painting.\r\nScript is a mix of Hindi Devnagari and Gujarati.

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