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Lovers on a Terrace: Ramakali Ragini of Hindol, from a Bundi Ragamala

December 31, 1609
Jahangir 1605–1627

Lovers on a Terrace: Ramakali Ragini of Hindol, from a Bundi Ragamala



Lovers on a Terrace: Ramakali Ragini of Hindol, from a Bundi Ragamala c. 1610 Northwestern India, Rajasthan, Rajput Kingdom of Bundi Gum tempera and gold on paper Page: 21.3 x 12.4 cm (8 3/8 x 4 7/8 in.) Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.156 DID YOU KNOW? The red canopy with a yellow border above them is to be used as a fan. DESCRIPTION Sitting on a floral carpet outside a bedchamber, a noble dressed in Mughal apparel including Jahangir-period turban and decorated sash is trying to assuage his displeased consort. The lady turns her face away from the man, showing that his appeals have been ignored. The black sky indicates that their quarrel takes place in the middle of the night. INSCRIPTION rāmakalī. 11 INSCRIPTION TRANSLATION Ramakali [Ragini]. 11 INSCRIPTION REMARK Identification of subject-matter CITATIONS Branfoot, Crispin, ed. Portraiture in South Asia Since the Mughals: Art, Representation and History. London; New York: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd., 2018. Reproduced: pl. 9

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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.


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