Kambhodi Ragini from a Ragamala

Historical period(s)
ca. 1570
Deccani School
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
H x W (painting): 22.4 × 17.4 cm (8 13/16 × 6 7/8 in)
India, Deccan plateau
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Painting

Album leaf with painting

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

From at least 1950 to early 1970s
Maharaja of Bikaner, India, from at least 1950 [1]

To 1999
Francesca Galloway, London, to 1999

From 1999
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Francesca Galloway in 1999


[1] The object was first published in 1950, as part of the private collection of the Maharaja of Bikaner at Lallgarh Palace. There is a written statement by an outside scholar attesting to its sale in the early 1970s to a private collector in London, and it is well known that a very major group of paintings from the Bikaner Collection did indeed come onto the market at that time. With this information there is no provenance problem with the acquisition of this painting by the Freer Gallery of Art (see documentation in the object file found in the Registrar's office) (according to Curatorial Note 3, Milo C. Beach, January 13, 1999, in the object record). Also, attached to the back of the object is a sheet of paper which reads: "Miniature painting belongs to the personal collection of H H Maharaja Bikaner..." (see Curatorial Note 3, Elizabeth F. Duley, April 8, 1999, in the object record).

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Francesca Galloway

Published References
  • Mark Zebrowski. Deccani Painting. Berkeley, 1982-1983. .
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court., 2nd ed. Washington and Ahmedabad, India, 2012. cat. 47, p. 176.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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