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Sareg Ragini

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Chawand (made)

  • Date:

    1605 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nasiruddin (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This painting (and IS 38-1953) is from the celebrated 'Chawand' ragamala set, which is the earliest dated set of paintings that we know of from Rajasthan. The date, equivalent to AD 1605, is given in an inscription on the final page of the series, which is now in an Indian private collection. This colophon also tells us the name of the artist, Nasiruddin, and the place where the paintings were done - Chawand, which was the capital of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar from 1585 to 1609.

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, two musicians playing before a temple, with three peacocks facing them and another in a tree; illustration to the musical mode sareg ragini.

Place of Origin

Chawand (made)


1605 (made)


Nasiruddin (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 207 mm, Width: 185 mm, Height: 265 mm paper onto which object mounted, Width: 223 mm paper onto which object mounted, Height: 160 mm image within innermost painted border, Width: 151 mm image within innermost painted border

Descriptive line

Painting, sareg ragini, two musicians playing near shrine, peacocks in attendance, by Nasiruddin, opaque watercolour on paper, Chawand, 1605

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

K.Ebeling, Ragamala Painting, Basel, 1973, p.160.

Production Note

The colophon, in a private collection, gives the date and the name of the artist, and states that it was painted in Chawand in Mewar (Rajasthan).


Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint



Subjects depicted

Tree; Peacocks; Temple; Musicians


Paintings; Architecture; Animals and Wildlife; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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