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Purvi Ragini

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Hyderabad (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1770 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.182-1950

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This Deccani painting shows a woman pining for her lover. She is seated in a palace courtyard, supported by a bolster. Her female attendant, standing on the left, is holding a fan made of peacock feathers, an emblem of royalty, while the attendant on the right holds a crescent-shaped fan. The painting is an illustration to the Indian musical mode Purvi Ragini. The illustration of ragas and raginis was popular in the courts of the Deccan, in southern India, as well as further north. The woman’s 'crab's claw' gesture suggests physical ease and desire.

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, of a lady seated, supported by a bolster, in a pavilion in a palace courtyard. She is stretching her arms above her head with her hands locked in a 'crab's claw' gesture. A female attendant stands on the left with a peacock feather fan, while another stands on the right with a crescent-shaped fan.

Place of Origin

Hyderabad (made)

Date

ca. 1770 (painted)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Descriptive line

Painting, lady pining for lover, Ragamala, Purvi Ragini, Hyderabad, ca. 1770

Labels and date

10. LADY PINING FOR HER LOVER
Gouache and gold on paper
Hyderabad, Deccan
c. 1770

IS.182-1950

Illustration to the musical mode Purvi Ragini. The illustration of ragas and raginis was popular in the courts of the Deccan as well as further north. The 'crab's claw' gesture suggests physical ease and desire. The ragini is associated with the time of sunset. [1997]

Materials

Paper; Opaque watercolour; Paint

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Subject; Palace; Servants; Fans; Women; Pavilion

Categories

Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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