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Arts of India, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas Online / AN ILLUSTRATION FROM A RAGAMALA SERIES MEGHA MALLAR RAGA RAJASTHAN, CIRCA 1620

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AN ILLUSTRATION FROM A RAGAMALA SERIES: MEGHA MALLAR RAGA
RAJASTHAN, CIRCA 1620
15 – 25 March 2022, 10:00 EDT
Online, New York

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AN ILLUSTRATION FROM A RAGAMALA SERIES: MEGHA MALLAR RAGA

RAJASTHAN, CIRCA 1620
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; inscribed in the upper margin in nagri script and verso in pencil.
Image: 8 3/8 x 5 3/4 in. (21.3 x 14.5 cm)
Folio: 10 x 7 3/8 in. (25.6 x 18.7 cm)

Footnotes

Krishna dances with Radha to music played by three gopis on the drum, tambur, and brass chamas, while a storm is gathering. Krishna holds in one hand a little gold jar and Radha a flower. In the background is a verandah room with a couch.

"The literal meaning of Megha in Sanskrit is 'Cloud'. Megha Mallar Raga is 'Lord of the Clouds'. The Raga is supposed to produce rain. It is said to have come from the fifth head of Mahadeva or Siva, which is turned towards the Heavens (Stooke & Khandalavala, The Laud Ragamala Miniatures, 1953 p.18)

Provenance:
Maggs Bros. Ltd., London, Autumn 1960, no. 84, pl. XXXV
Collection of Asbjorn Lunde (1927-2017), New York

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