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A prince and a lady, illustrating the musical mode Kusuma Raga

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  • Description

    The musical mode Kusuma is visualised as a prince seated with a lady in a form of amorous encounter. Staring keenly, he directs at her his floral bow and arrow, like those traditionally held by the Cupid-like love-god Kama. She looks modestly downward, half-drawing her veil.

  • Details

    Garland of Ragas
    Associated place
    AsiaIndianorth-west IndiaPunjab HillsHimachal Pradesh Nurpur (place of creation)
    c. 1710
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 34.4 x 31.2 x 2.5 cm (height x width x depth)
    page 22.3 x 18.8 cm (height x width)
    painting 16.9 x 15.6 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 60 on p. 144, pp. 18 & 19, illus. p. 145



  • Raga

    Raga (feminine ragini) are musical modes, often represented by compositions of ladies, lovers, warriors, animals or gods, in series of Ragamala ('Garland of Ragas') paintings, a very popular artistic genre in north India and the Deccan c. 1500 - 1800.

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