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Gujari Ragini

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Murshidabad (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    This is an illustration to the musical mode Gujari Ragini, represented here as a young lady playing a vina, a plucked instrument. The mood is one of yearning, and the parrot may be seen as a symbol of her absent lover. This painting was formerly owned by Sir Elijah Impey, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Calcutta from 1774 to 1783 and a renowned collector of paintings.

  • Museum number:

    IS.71-1954

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case U2

This is an illustration to the musical mode Gujari Ragini, represented here as a young lady playing a vina, a plucked instrument. The mood is one of yearning, and the parrot may be seen as a symbol of her absent lover. This painting was formerly owned by Sir Elijah Impey, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Calcutta from 1774 to 1783 and a renowned collector of paintings.

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, this scene depicts a young woman playing a vina (stringed instrument) on a waterside terrace, watched by a parakeet, as she awaits her lover. Illustration to the musical mode gujari ragini.

Place of Origin

Murshidabad (made)

Date

ca. 1760 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Ragini Gujjari of Megha'
Name seal of Sir Elijah Impey
Collector's mark; Persian; Persian; On the back of the painting

Dimensions

Height: 350 mm maximum, Width: 261 mm maximum, Height: 231 mm image within innermost painted borders, Width: 159 mm image within innermost painted borders

Object history note

IS. 71 to 73-1954 were purchased for £30 from Maggs Bros.

Descriptive line

Painting, gujari ragini, lady playing vina, opaque watercolour on paper, Murshidabad, ca. 1760

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

Whitechapel Art Gallery: Arts of Bengal, No. 77, p. 46
ISBN 0 85488 047 X

Skelton Robert, 'Murshidabad Painting', Marg, Vol.X, No.1, December 1956, pp.10-22
p. 149, cat. no. 133
Swallow, D., Stronge, S., Crill, R., Koezuka, T., editor and translator, "The Art of the Indian Courts. Miniature Painting and Decorative Arts", Victoria & Albert Museum and NHK Kinki Media Plan, 1993.

Production Note

The painting is in the style of the Mughal provincial court painting in Bengal.

Materials

Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Trees; Vina; Parakeet; Music

Categories

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

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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