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Kuntala Raga

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Kulu (possibly, made)
    Bahu (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700 - ca. 1710 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.73-1953

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This painting shows a prince at a dovecot feeding the birds. It comes from a ragamala or 'garland of ragas', a series of pictorial depictions of the various musical modes. An inscription in Takri, the script used in the Punjab Hills of northern India, identifies the mode illustrated here as kuntala raga, 'son' of dipakeda raga.

Physical description

A ragamala painting in opaque watercolour on paper, illustration to the musical mode kuntala raga, a prince at a dove-cote feeding birds.

Place of Origin

Kulu (possibly, made)
Bahu (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1700 - ca. 1710 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'kutala raga dipake da putra'
'Kutala raga, son of Dipaka'
in Takri characters, on the upper border

'kutala raga dipake da putra dua patara. 2'
'Kutala Raga, son of Dipaka, second sheet. 2'
On the reverse.

Dimensions

Height: 207 mm, Width: 209 mm, Height: 159 mm image within innermost painted borders maximum, Width: 159 mm image within innermost painted borders maximum

Object history note

From the collection of Mr. Michael Rothenstein; IS.46 to 73-1953 were purchased for £300.

Descriptive line

Painting, prince at a dove-cote feeding birds, ragamala, kuntala raga, Kulu or Bahu, ca. 1700-1710

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

p. 332, cat. no. xvii
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
For information on the series this painting is from, see:
GOSWAMY, B.N. and Eberhard Fischer, Pahari Masters, Artibus Asiae Publishers Supplementum XXXVIII and Museum Rietberg, Zürich, 1992, pp.92 and 76-81
p. 40, cat. no. 33.
Topsfield, Andrew, An introduction to Indian Court Painting, H.M.S.O., London, 1984, 0112903835

Labels and date

A PRINCE AT A DOVE-COTE FEEDING BIRDS
Illustration of the musical mode Kuntala Raga
Opaque watercolour on paper
Kulu or Bahu, Punjab Hills
c.1700-1710

IS 73-1953
From the collection of Sir William Rothenstein

The painting comes from a Ragamala or 'garland of ragas', a series of pictorial depictions of the various musical modes. An inscription in Takri, the script used in the Punjab Hills, identifies the mode illustrated here as Kuntala Raga, 'son' of Dipakeda Raga. In this series the six major ragas are each ascribed five 'wives' - raginis - and eight 'sons'. [2000]

Production Note

Archer (1973) attributes paintings of this series to Kulu. Goswamy and Fischer (1992) attribute them to painter(s) active at Bahu.

Materials

Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Doves; Prince

Categories

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

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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