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A lady charming snakes, illustrating the musical mode Asavari Ragini

  • Description

    The mode Asavari is depicted as a tribal girl whose charms lure the snakes down from the trees. According to the Braj verses, ‘…Bedecked, the girl is resplendent in her every limb. Her complexion is dark and her body besmeared with sandal paste. She is formidable and has serpents coiled around her…’

  • Details

    Garland of Ragas
    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthan Amber (place of creation)
    c. 1710 - c. 1720
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    mount 55.5 x 40.2 cm (height x width)
    page 43.5 x 32.5 cm (height x width)
    painting 26.5 x 20.5 cm (height x width)
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    Bequeathed by Douglas and Mary Barrett, 2013.
    Accession no.



  • Ragini

    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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