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Belavala Ragini, Page from a Dispersed Ragamala Series

Asian Art

CULTURE Indian
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Place Made: Rajasthan, India
  • DATES ca. 1680
    DIMENSIONS sheet: 14 15/16 x 11 1/2 in. (37.9 x 29.2 cm) image: 14 9/16 x 8 9/16 in. (37.2 x 21.7 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 36.253
    CREDIT LINE A. Augustus Healy Fund and Frank L. Babbott Fund
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    CAPTION Indian. Belavala Ragini, Page from a Dispersed Ragamala Series, ca. 1680. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, sheet: 14 15/16 x 11 1/2 in. (37.9 x 29.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund and Frank L. Babbott Fund, 36.253
    IMAGE overall, 36.253_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This large-format Ragamala page epitomizes late seventeenth-century Mewar painting. The central scene in the three registers depicted here shows a woman seated on a bed in a two-story pavilion. While one attendant holds a mirror before her and another holds a morcal, she arranges an earring. At the right two more attendants stand right outside the building. The women are all elegantly dressed in saris and jewelry. Below, seen against a deep blue background, are four musicians seated on a pink carpet. (The costumes of two of the musicians possibly have been repainted to represent females.) To the left is a banana tree and a large flowering shrub. In the upper part of the composition, trees and birds are shown against a deep blue sky. To the left is the sun, painted in gold, with a human face.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (75%)
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