• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 842

    Two drawings of a ragini and a raga

    INDIA, KANGRA, CIRCA 1810

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Two drawings of a ragini and a raga
    India, Kangra, circa 1810
    The first depicting a princess seated on a low bed and surrounded by attendants, all set within palace architecture, various towers and terraces and a landscape visible in the distance, an inscription in the top margin; the second depicting a prince seated on a low bed and surrounded by seven kings seated on the floor of a parapet, trees and rolling hills visible in the distance and an inscription at top
    Pen and ink on paper
    14 7/8 x 13¾ in. (37.8 x 34.9 cm.), the larger (2)


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    The upper drawing is inscribed with "Ragini Kanadi [wife] of Dipaka" at top, the leaf number 30 in red at upper left, and the word for "night" in the upper left above the hills, indicating when the ragini should be performed. The lower drawing is numbered 48 in red at upper left and is titled "Madhava raga, [son] of Bhairava."

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Paul F. Walter