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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 28

    AN ILLUSTRATION TO A RAGAMALA SERIES: DHANASRI RAGINI

    SUB-IMPERIAL MUGHAL SCHOOL, RAJASTHAN, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1690

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    AN ILLUSTRATION TO A RAGAMALA SERIES: DHANASRI RAGINI
    SUB-IMPERIAL MUGHAL SCHOOL, RAJASTHAN, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1690
    Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, she sits pensively under a tree on a rectangular carpet, her hand to her chin, parrots and a squirrel on a banana tree before her, flowering shrubs and trees in a sparse hilly landscape around, the sun shines, within gold, blue and red rules, four lines of devanagari text in red and black above, identification inscription on reverse
    10¼ x 8 5/8in. (26 x 22cm.)


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    A translation of the text on reverse is offered by Ordhendra Coomar Gangoly: Seated under the Vakula tree, the lady was red [with grief]. She is weeping and heaving deep sighs. Her cloth and her bodice are coloured red. It is difficult to find a lady of such slim grace. She has no companion with her. By the heat of separation her body withers.“ The verses are ascribed to the poet Paida.

    Provenance

    Acquired before 1991.