string(20) "edanmdm:fsg_F1990.11" Gunakali Ragini, from a ragamala (garland of melodies) - National Museum of Asian Art

Gunakali Ragini, from a ragamala (garland of melodies)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1680
  • Geography

    Bundi, Rajasthan state, India
  • Material

    Carbon black and pigments on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (drawing): 18.3 × 11.2 cm (7 3/16 × 4 7/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Court

    Bundi Court
  • School/Tradition

    Rajput school
  • Description

    This Gunakali ragini in the Rajasthani tradition of Ragamala painting depicts a lady arranging flowers in two vases. She is separated from her lover and is depicted waiting for him outside her bed-chamber. The drawing is unfinished and details of flowers, the lady's jewelry and some architectural detail are left out. The drawing is done in black. Color patches of white, black, red, pink, and yellow and some black and blue in the sky are indicated.
  • Inscriptions

    There are two inscriptions at the top: recto: an abraded inscription across the upper border and a short inscription "raga 12" below that. The verso has a long inscription at the top and unfinished sketches of a tree, a flower and a line of circles.
  • Provenance

    To 1972
    Vijaivargiya, Jaipur, India, to 1972 [1]
    From 1972 to 1990
    R. E. Lewis, Belvedere, CA, acquired from Vijaivargiya, in 1972 [2]
    From 1990
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from R.E. Lewis in 1990
    [1] According to Curatorial Note 3 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Ray E. Lewis (1923-2005)
  • Origin

    Bundi, Rajasthan state, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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