Sarang Raga from the Sirohi Ragamala

Historical period(s)
ca. 1680-1690
Sirohi Court
Rajput School
Opaque watercolor on paper
H x W (overall): 23.2 x 17.8 cm (9 1/8 x 7 in)
India, Rajasthan state, Sirohi
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Manuscript folio

ascetic, deer, India, music, ragamala, WWII-era provenance

From 1973 to 1992
Baron and Baroness Bachofen von Echt, purchased at auction, Sotheby's, July 11, 1973, lot no. 135 [1]

From 1992
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased at auction, "The Bachofen von Echt Collection," Sotheby's, London, April 29, 1992, lot no. 36 [2]


[1] According to Curatorial Note 4 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Sotheby's (London)
Baron and Baroness Bachofen von Echt


The pulsating energy, sophisticated geometry, and heated palette of this painting present the Sirohi school at its finest. While Sarang raga is usually represented as an ascetic calmly playing music, this artist shifted the emphasis to the two leaping deer in the center. He also enlivened a rigorous architectural grid with calligraphic flourishes and inserted witty illusions, such as a golden window into the black night sky. The electric contrast of pale blue ash upon the yogi's peach complexion and the expansively spiraling foliage epitomize the Sirohi master's daring style, as well as his impeccable control of the watercolor medium.

Published References
  • Sotheby's (London). Indian Miniatures and Company School Paintings. London, April 29, 1992. lot 36.
  • Masters of Indian Painting. Exh. cat. Zurich. pp. 479-490, fig. 8.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
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