Lalit Ragini, folio from a Ragamala

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1605-1610
  • Geography

    perhaps Marwar, Rajasthan state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (painting): 17.2 × 12.4 cm (6 3/4 × 4 7/8 in)
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Object Details

  • School/Tradition

    perhaps Marwar school
  • Inscriptions

    Recto inscription in devanagari script: Praful sapt chad malya dhari … yuva ch gauro salochan sri. vinihi sratra vasre grahat pragyati. vilasivesho lalit pradishtah. Lalit Ragini
    The hero holds a a garland of seven blooming flowers (saptchad). He is young and fair with beautiful eyes. He leaves the house early morning in a (self-indulgent) state (remnant of the passionate night) and looks extremely beautiful. Lalit Ragini
  • Provenance

    To 1969
    Sundaram, New Delhi [1]
    From 1969 to 2001
    Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), purchased from Sundaram, New Delhi in November in 1969 [2]
    From 2001 to 2018
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim in 2001
    From 2018
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim
    [1] According to information from Catherin Glynn Benkaim.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Sundaram (New Dehli, India, active 1960's)
    Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Benkaim
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
  • Origin

    perhaps Marwar, Rajasthan state, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
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