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This painting was chosen
70%
of the time over other paintings.

There might be a slight positive correlation between experience and favorability in this painting; The more a person knows about Indian Paintings, the more likely they are to like this painting! Jump to graph

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Caption: Bilavala Ragini Page from an illustrated Ragamala series Northern India (Rajasthan, Bundi or Kota), ca. 1770-1790 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 12 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (32.7 x 20.0 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Emily Manheim Goldman, 1991.180.8

Label: In the fifteenth or sixteenth century, a new genre of painting developed that attempted to capture in imagery the moods of famous passages of classical music. The music, known as ragas or raginis, inspired artists to create little scenarios—happy or sad, fierce or quiet, taking place in the daytime or nighttime, the summer or winter—that were illustrated over and over again.

This painting depicts an unusually optimistic ragini, Bilavala, with a woman grooming herself in preparation for a romantic tryst. A servant holds up a mirror while the heroine adjusts a hair ornament, and another servant entertains them with music. They are situated within a palace courtyard of the type found throughout northern India in the eighteenth century. The pair of cushions in the cupola on the roof might indicate that this will be the setting for the upcoming tryst. The painting is from either Bundi or Kota, neighboring principalities where innumerable music-themed paintings were produced.

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45-54 y.o. women with "some experience" 18-24 y.o. women with "more than a little experience" 35-44 y.o. women with "above average experience" 45-54 y.o. women with "above average experience" 25-34 y.o. men with "some experience"
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Preferred others:  
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Experience

There might be a slight positive correlation between experience and favorability in this painting; The more a person knows about Indian Paintings, the more likely they are to like this painting!

Not so much Some More than a little Above average Expert
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Age

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Gender

Women slightly favor this painting.

Women Men
Liked this painting:
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Preferred others:  
-4%

* We have low confidence in this metric because relatively few people in this group (less than 50) rated this object.

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