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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1974.131
Title
Vilaval Ragini, illustration from a Ragamala (Garland of Melodies) Series
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1640
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan, Mewar
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/216022
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor on paper; Rajput Style, Mewar School
Dimensions
sight: 26.04 x 20.64 cm (10 1/4 x 8 1/8 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bienstock
Accession Year
1974
Object Number
1974.131
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
In the poetry accompanying the Vilaval Ragini, it describes a young heroine (nayika) preparing to meet her lover. She is commonly shown looking into the mirror as she puts on her jewelry. In this painting, she sits on a daybed putting on her earrings while a female attendant holds up a mirror for her. Two other female attendants are present, one holds up a fly whisk behind the heroine and the other peers at the scene from behind a door. This painting is a pictorial metaphor for a raga, a musical phrase that is used as the basis for improvisation. Rajput Style, Mewar School.
Publication History

Elisabeth Barro, "Zangar: A Study of Green Pigments Used at the Mughal and Rajput Courts" (Bachelor's thesis, Harvard University, 1997), Unpublished, pp. 1-82 passim

Exhibition History

Eyes to the East: Indian, Persian, and Turkish Art Given by Harvard Graduates, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/22/1990 - 11/25/1990

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