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Todi Ragini, from a Ragamala Series

December 31, 1754
Alamgir II 1754–1759

Todi Ragini, from a Ragamala Series



Todi Ragini, from a Ragamala Series c. 1755 Eastern India, Bengal, Murshidabad, 18th century Opaque watercolor with gold on paper Page: 28.6 x 19 cm (11 1/4 x 7 1/2 in.); Miniature: 23.5 x 15.3 cm (9 1/4 x 6 in.) Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 2013.340 DESCRIPTION Ragamala paintings were recognized as being associated with a season and time of day. Evoking a late morning in spring, here a young woman beguiles deer from the woodlands with her music to prevent them from destroying the crops in the field. The saturated hues and romantic idealization of the scene continue idioms begun in the Mughal court that were disseminated to regional centers of patronage such as Murshidabad. The inscription at the top of this page identifies the name, ragini todi, in Arabic script, which suggests that this ragamala series was made for a Muslim patron. INSCRIPTION identified at top in gold: ragini todi PROVENANCE December 18, 1968 - Christie's, London, Manuscripts, Drawings and Oriental Miniatures, (lot 94] Collection of Sri Ram Gopal Vijavarghia (artist, poet, and author, (1905-2003) EXHIBITION HISTORY Main Gallery Rotation (gallery 245): April 28, 2015 - November 2, 2015. The Cleveland Museum of Art (7/31/2016-10/23/2016); Art and Stories from Mughal India, cat. 81, p. 255.

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