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Caption: Dhanyashri Ragini Page from an illustrated Ragamala series Ascribed to the artist Murad Northern India (Rajasthan: Bikaner), ca. 1695 Opaque watercolor, silver and gold on paper Overall: 7 5/16 x 6 in. (18.6 x 15.2 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Anonymous gift, 81.192.5

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.

Like many ragini paintings, Dhayashri shows a woman who misses her beloved. Here, the woman (with green skin) paints a picture of her absent lover, hoping that this will magically conjure him up. Her friend sits with her, apparently berating her for wasting her time. Peacocks often appear in images of lonely women because their cry sounds like that of a woman in pain.

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45-54 y.o. women with "some experience" 55-64 y.o. women with "some experience" 65-74 y.o. women with "more than a little experience" 45-54 y.o. women with "above average experience" 55-64 y.o. women with "above average experience"
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Women slightly favor this painting.

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

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