Illustration to a ragamala series
Lot 1199
Illustration to a ragamala series: Kakubha ragini Amber, Circa 1680
Sold for US$ 10,000 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Property from the Paul F. Walter Collection
Illustration to a ragamala series: Kakubha ragini
Amber, Circa 1680
Top register with four lines of Devanagri, numbered '25' and '26'

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper: a prince and his maiden caressing on a bed as the attendant leaves through a door on the right. The scene is set against a striking mauve wall within a open pavilion with two turrets above. Image: 7 3/8 x 6 5/8 in. (18.7 x 16.8 cm.); Folio: 10 3/4 x 9 in. (27.3 x 22.9 cm.)


  • 'With her lover she had sexual pleasure. The woman's limbs were pressed and crushed, The hair was loosened and the bodice was tom. She became erotic and her necklace was loosened, her eyes look beautiful, having remained awake all night..' Ebeling, 1973, p. 138. This raga is to be sung 'in the eighth last watch of a winter day-the three hour period preceding sunrise of the following day.

    Other pages from this series are in the Greenough Green Collection at LACMA, see Pal, 1993, no. 34, p. 105

    Acquired from Spink & Sons, London, 1988

    Spink, Indian Miniature Painting, London 1987 no. 19, pp. 44-45

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