Shri Raga, Folio from a Ragamala (Garland of Melodies)

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Shri Raga, Folio from a Ragamala (Garland of Melodies)

India, Rajasthan, Jaipur, circa 1850-1900
Drawings; watercolors
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Sheet: 10 5/8 x 7 3/4 in. (26.99 x 19.69 cm); Image: 6 5/16 x 3 7/8 in. (16.03 x 9.84 cm)
Gift of Jane Greenough Green in memory of Edward Pelton Green (AC1999.127.27)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

Shri Raga is an early evening melody associated with Winter (December-January)....
Shri Raga is an early evening melody associated with Winter (December-January). It is envisioned here in this finally detailed painting as the blue-skinned Krishna sitting with his consort Radha under an elegant textile awning in a palace courtyard. They are listening to a musical performance by a bearded musician, customarily identified as the legendary poet-saint Narada, and Tumbaru, a horse-headed celestial singer and musician (gandharva). An attendant stands behind the divine couple holding a peacock feather flywhisk. Poetic verses describing Shri Raga are inscribed in the header. See also M.70.59, M.73.59, and M.75.113.3.
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