<em>Bhairava Raga, Page from a Ragamala Series</em>, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1994.43_IMLS_SL2.jpg)

Bhairava Raga, Page from a Ragamala Series

Medium: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Geograhical Locations:

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.


Accession Number: 1994.43

Image: 1994.43_IMLS_SL2.jpg,

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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