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Varari Ragini

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Delhi (city) (probably, altered)
    Delhi (probably: faces in this style; based on Ahmednagar original, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This painting is from a ragamala or 'garland of ragas' - paintings which illustrate musical modes (ragas) through human activities. This one is identified in the inscriptions as Varari ragini, and shows the usual iconography for this ragini (female raga) of a lady fanning a prince with a chauri (yak-tail fly-whisk).
This ragamala series is a puzzling blend of styles and is based on an original set done in Ahmednagar in the Deccan in the late 16th century. The group to which this painting belongs, however, appears to have been painted (possibly also in Ahmednagar) in the 17th century, but the faces seem to have been overpainted or replaced in the 19th century.

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, varari ragini, a prince fanned by a girl with a chauri sits in a garden, a peacock lurks amid plantains.

Place of Origin

Delhi (city) (probably, altered)
Delhi (probably: faces in this style; based on Ahmednagar original, made)


ca. 1800 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'varari ragini'
[name of musical mode]
inscribed in Nagri

'varari ragini'
[name of musical mode]
inscribed in Persian

Descriptive line

Painting, varari ragini, prince fanned by girl, opaque watercolour on paper, probably Delhi, probably ca. 1800, based on ca. 1570-1580 Ahmednagar original

Production Note

Based closely on an Ahmadnagar-style original of ca. 1570-1580, but with faces in the Delhi style of ca. 1800


Paper; Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Woman; Music; Servant; Vessels; Peacock; Fan; Prince; Tree, Palm; Garden


Images Online; Paintings; Music; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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