Six folios from an unusual Ragamala
Property of a Private Connecticut Collector
Six folios from an unusual Ragamala


Six folios from an unusual Ragamala
India, Gujarat, circa 1800
Consisting of the Raga Shri Nath; Raga Sindhori and Raga Agar, sons of Shri; Dipaka Raga; Raga Kali, son of Depak; Gajadhar Raga in two folios; and the Ragini Maru, wife of Shri; each with the scene carefully annotated in Devanagari and surrounded by red borders
Opaque pigments on wasli
11 x 10½ in. (28 x 26.6 cm.), the largest
Sotheby's Parke-Bernet, 16 December 1970, lots 133-138

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A more complete description of each painting is as follows:
Raga Shri Nath: with two male and two female acrobats performing with a drummer, all on a maroon background
Raga Sindhori and Raga Agar, sons of Shri: with two men in swordfight, one on horseback, on a gabled brick roof, and below a priest holds a diya and bell before an image of Vishnu within a green-and-red egg
Raga Dipaka: with a red-skinned prince in a howdah on an elephant and two companions, accompanied by three soldiers on foot carrying rifles
Raga Kali, son of Dipak: the upper half with a man in yellow playing a flute for two roosters against a blue background, separated by a pink band from the scene below of a man hunting neelgiri by sword and carrying a lamp on a pale green background
Raga Gajadhar: with two carpenters seated above and a prince holding a trident in each hand, flanked by a monkey on either side
Ragini Maru, wife of Shri: with a prince and his wife seated in a marble pavilion flanked by a maiden on either side, all on a flower-like pedestal with two camels tethered below

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