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Bhupali Ragini

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Basohli (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1680 - ca. 1685 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, from a 'first' Pahari Ragamala series, illustration to the musical mode bhupali ragini. A princess in red striped trousers and a yellow and silver scarf sits smoking a huqqa. Two maids wait on her, one holding the huqqa bowl and the other a sheathed sword, a dish and a cup. Background dark-brown.

Place of Origin

Basohli (made)


ca. 1680 - ca. 1685 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'(Bhu)pali sri rage bharaja 5'
'Bhupali wife of Sri Raga. Number 5.'
inscribed in Takri at top


Height: 184 mm with border, Width: 160 mm, Height: 139 mm, Width: 211 mm with border

Object history note

From the Sir William Rothenstein collection (residuary).

Descriptive line

Painting, Ragamala, bhupali ragini, princess smoking, opaque watercolour on paper, Basohli, ca. 1680-1685

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

p. 41, cat. no. 9.
Indian paintings from the Punjab Hills : a survey and history of Pahari miniature painting / by W. G. Archer ; foreword by Sherman E. Lee. London :Delhi: Sotheby Parke Bernet ;Oxford University Press, 1973 Number: 0856670022


Paper; Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Princess; Huqqa; Women; Servants; Music


Paintings; Royalty; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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