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Asian Art

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

ca. 1630

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)
The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald
2001.138.53
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.
Geography: 
India
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

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

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