An illustration to a ragamala series: Madhumadhavi ragini Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, Deccan, c. 1720-40
Lot 77
An illustration to a ragamala series: Madhumadhavi ragini Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, Deccan, c. 1720-40
Sold for US$ 23,750 inc. premium

Lot Details
An illustration to a ragamala series: Madhumadhavi ragini
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, Deccan, c. 1720-40

The bright white and richly decorated terrace stands in dramatic contrast against the ominous night sky. The maidens hold each other tight as they view the blackened sky streaked with lightening and silhouetted clouds. The love lorn maiden gestures with a raised hand that her chance for an evening tryst has been thwarted by the powerful storm.
image: 9 ¼ x 6 in. (23.5 x 15 cm), folio: 9 ¾ x 6 ¾ in. (25 x 17.5 cm)

Footnotes

  • Of the other pages in this series, the present page represents the most powerful composition. For another later copy the same scene see Indian Miniature Paintings, Doris Wiener Gallery April-May, 1970, no. 29.

    Eight other pages of this series are known of the more conventional format within a plain palace setting; five in Museum Rietberg Zurich (See Boner et al 1994, nos 40-44) and one in Jim Masselos, et al, Dancing the Flute: Music and Dance in Indian Art, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, no.199). A page formerly in the Seitz Collection (see John Seyller, Mughal and Deccani Paintings- Eva and Konrad Seitz Collection of Indian Miniatures, Museum Rietberg, Zurich, 2010, p. 136) and another in the Richard and Bernice Dickes Collection (see Wilkinson in Rochell, March 2010 and Jerry Losty in Francesca Gallloway, 2012).

    Provenance:
    Alec Simpson Collection, New Jersey
    Acquired by the above in the 1980s
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