A painting of Bilaval Ragini
A painting of Bilaval Ragini


A painting of Bilaval Ragini
India, Mewar, circa 1700
The lady seated on a silver throne and attaching her earrings with the aid of a mirror, with attendants and musicians on an open veranda of a palace, green parrots above and roosters in the foreground, an inscription at top
Opaque pigments on paper
10 5/8 x 7¾ in. (27 x 19.7 cm.), image
12½ x 9½ in. (31.7 x 24.1 cm.), folio

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In the bilaval ragini, a woman traditionally dons eight types of auspicious ornaments in preparation for her husband's arrival. Most paintings of this subject depict the woman attaching her earrings (see K. Ebeling, Ragamala Painting, 1973, p. 59, fig C17 and p. 155, fig. 8).

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