Gunakali Ragini, from a ragamala (garland of melodies)

Historical period(s)
ca. 1680
Movement
Bundi Court
School
Rajput School
Medium
Carbon black and pigments on paper
Dimensions
H x W (drawing): 18.3 × 11.2 cm (7 3/16 × 4 7/16 in)
Geography
India, Rajasthan state, Bundi
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1990.11
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
India, music, ragamala, woman, WWII-era provenance
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

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Note 3 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Vijaivargiya
Ray E. Lewis 1923-2005

Label

Gunakali ragini is one of the female raginis associated variously with either Raga Malkaus or Raga Hindola [See Appendices 1-36 in O.C. Gangoly, Ragas & Raginis (Nalanda Publications, Bombay, 1935]. The inscription on the reverse attempts to accomodate both traditions. The verse describing the ragini commences by assigning her to Malkaus (malkausaki ragini) and concludes with a Hindola association (hindolaki ragini).

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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