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Bhairava Raga, Page from a Ragamala Series

Asian Art

MEDIUM Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
DATES ca. 1670-1680
DIMENSIONS image: 8 7/8 x 4 3/4 in. (22.5 x 12.1 cm) sheet: 11 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (29.8 x 23.5 cm) mat: 16 x 22 in.  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Asian Art Council in memory of Stanley J. Love
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CAPTION Bhairava Raga, Page from a Ragamala Series, ca. 1670-1680. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, image: 8 7/8 x 4 3/4 in. (22.5 x 12.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Asian Art Council in memory of Stanley J. Love, 1994.43
IMAGE overall, 1994.43_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Bhairava Raga: Shiva seated in palace, attended by handmaidens Folio from a dispersed Ragamala series Shiva in his terrifying from, Bhairava, is seated under an elephant hide canopy, attended by two women. He holds a vina in his right hand and raises his left in some gesture. His hair is piled in a high chignon and his skin is darkened with ashes, denoting his ascetic status. A night scene, the raga is situated in an ornamented pavilion with a small pool in the foreground. A peacock stands on the roof. The image is bordered with gold and black rules and is placed on a red border with silver meander pattern. Condition: Arrived matted; some gold leaf flaking. Otherwise good.
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Bhairava Raga, Page from a Ragamala Series