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Kaccheli Ragini, from a Ragamala - National Museum of Asian Art

Kaccheli Ragini, from a Ragamala

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1710
  • Geography

    Bahu or Jammu, Himachal Pradesh state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (painting): 16.2 × 15.5 cm (6 3/8 × 6 1/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • School/Tradition

    Kulu or Bahu school
  • Description

    With its wide-eyed heroine seated beneath undulating creepers, head-butting rams, and brooding clouds, the painting has a wild energy. Its farouche quality is heightened by its enigmatic subject: a woman sitting outside a shrine with her hand on the rump of a ram butting another ram.
  • Inscriptions

    Inscribed in white Takri on upper border: kachhelī raganī dīpake dī bharaj; black Takri following.
    Verso center top: black Takri-kachhelī raganī dīpake dī bharaj / pehla patra (first folio); center of page in dark black ink is nagari no. 1; center bottom in pencil in English: 160 x 156 mm, Kulu 1700, 18th century; A 2/67 a500
  • Provenance

    To 1967
    Maggs Bros., London, England. [1]
    From 1967 to 2001
    Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), Beverly Hills, California, purchased from Maggs Bros., London, England in April 1967. [2]
    From 2001 to 2018
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim in 2001. [3]
    From 2018
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim. [4]
    [1] Information obtained from Catherine Glynn Benkaim. See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1.
    [4] See note 1.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Maggs Bros. Ltd. (founded 1853)
    Ralph and Catherine Benkaim
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
  • Origin

    Bahu or Jammu, Himachal Pradesh state, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the National Museum of Asian Art
  • Type

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