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Bhairavi Ragini

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Mewar (possibly, made)
    Rajasthan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1520 - ca. 1540 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, an illustration to the musical mode Bhairavi ragini. A female devotee performs worship (puja) at a shrine of Lord Shiva. The garlanded lingum is in an architectural setting inspired by the Sultanate architecture of the late fifteenth century. The 'makara'-standard eave decoration confirms that these palace settings are those of a Hindu court.

Place of Origin

Mewar (possibly, made)
Rajasthan (made)


ca. 1520 - ca. 1540 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 21.2 cm, Width: 16.4 cm

Descriptive line

Painting, Bhairavi ragini, devotee worshipping at shrine, Rajasthan, possibly Mewar, ca. 1520-1540

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

Swallow, Deborah and John Guy eds. Arts of India: 1550-1900. text by Rosemary Crill, John Guy, Veronica Murphy, Susan Stronge and Deborah Swallow. London : V&A Publications, 1990. 240 p., ill. ISBN 1851770224,pp 34/35, no.20.

Guy, John: 'Indian Temple Sculpture', London V & A Publication, 2007, p.93. pl.100.
ISBN 971851775095
p. 12. cat. no. 5
Topsfield, Andrew, An introduction to Indian Court Painting, H.M.S.O., London, 1984, 0112903835
pp. 29-30, fig. 11
Topsfield, Andrew, Court Painting at Udaipur, Museum Rietberg, Zurich, 2001, ISBN 3-907077-03-2
pl. 40
Irwin, John C., Indian Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1968
fig. 10
Irwin, John, C., A Brief Guide to Indian Art, H.M.S.O. 1962


Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint



Subjects depicted

Figures; Women; Ragamala; Worship; Shrine


Paintings; Religion; Hinduism; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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