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Gujari Ragini

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Murshidabad (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1755 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque water-colour and gold on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque water-colour and gold on paper, a female yogini (ascetic) is seated on a deer-skin under a mango tree by a river. Though she is wearing a saffron lower garment, she is also wearing elaborate ornaments. She has a white garland around her neck. A large white bundle together with a crook can be seen on the ground beside her. The painting portrays the musical mode gujari ragini from a Ragamala series. It is worth noting that iconography of Ragamala subjects is often inconsistent.

Place of Origin

Murshidabad (made)


ca. 1755 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque water-colour and gold on paper

Marks and inscriptions

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


Height: 275 mm, Width: 175 mm, Height: 235 mm image within innermost painted border maximum, Width: 152 mm image within innermost painted border maximum

Object history note

Purchased from Bernard Quaritch in 1960

Descriptive line

Painting, gujari ragini, female ascetic seated by stream, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Murshidabad, ca. 1755

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

Skelton, Robert, 'Murshidabad Painting', Marg, Vol.X, No.1, December 1956, pp.13-15
Arts of Bengal : the heritage of Bangladesh and eastern India : an exhibition organized by the Whitechapel Art Gallery in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum : 9 November-30 December 1979, Whitechapel Art Gallery ..., 12 January-17 February 1980, Manchester City Art Gallery ... . [London]: Whitechapel Art Gallery, [1979] Number: 085488047X (pbk.) :

Production Note

The painting is in the style of the Mughal provincial court painting, in particular Murshidabad school. For further information please see Attributions Note for D.1201-1903.


Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint; Gold



Subjects depicted

River; Tree; Skin; Music; Ascetic


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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