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Gauri Ragini, folio from a Ragamala - National Museum of Asian Art

Gauri Ragini, folio from a Ragamala

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1625-1630
  • Geography

    Marwar, Rajasthan state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 23.5 × 19 cm (9 1/4 × 7 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number

    S2018.1.49
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_S2018.1.49

Object Details

  • School/Tradition

    Marwar school
  • Description

    Surrounded by four trees and six peacocks, a lady, wearing an orange jama, stands beside a lotus filled pond. She holds two flower staffs.
  • Inscriptions

    Recto: (top in yellow panel), in devnagari : Raga Gau Ragini
    Verso: (top left) devanagari numerals 120; Underneath is another notation which cannot be deciphered, perhaps MO 221?
    (top right) devanagari ?
    (top right) devanagari ?
  • Provenance

    To 1947
    Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) [1]
    From 1947 to 1974
    Rama Coomaraswamy (1929-2006), Greenwich, Connecticut, by gift or inheritance after his father, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy’s death in 1947 [2]
    From 1974 to 2001
    Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), Beverly Hills, California, purchased from Rama Coomaraswamy, Greenwich, Connecticut [3]
    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
    Notes:
    [1] Rama Coomaraswamy was the son of Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, an important figure in the field of Indian and Sri Lankan art history. Coomaraswamy was largely responsible for providing the conceptual structures through which South Asian art became studied and valued in India and in the west. Because A.K. Coomaraswamy spent the second half of his life in the U.S., it is highly unlikely that any art from his personal collection would have a contested provenance.
    [2] According to information from Catherine Glynn Benkaim.
    [3] See note 2.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Ralph and Catherine Benkaim
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
    Dr. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947)
  • Origin

    Marwar, Rajasthan 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

    Painting
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