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Collection

An image of Gujari Ragini by

Deccan, India

Title
Gujari Ragini
Place of origin
DeccanIndia
Cultural origin
North Deccan
Year
circa 1750
Media categories
Miniature, Painting, Watercolour
Materials used
opaque watercolour (gouache) on paper
Dimensions

33.0 x 25.4 cm (irreg.)

Credit
Gift of Dr Nigel and Mrs Norma Hawkins 2010. Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.
Accession number
34.2010
Location
Lower Asian gallery
Further information

This is a ragamala painting of the type that often features women taking pleasure in quiet pastimes in an effort to hold the loneliness felt by absent lovers at bay. In this work a woman is seated outside in a courtyard. She holds a musical instrument and is attended by a servant. The woman appears to call the attention of a bird in the tree, possibly in an attempt to send her lover a message.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011

Bibliography (1)

Christie's London (Editor), Christie's London: Important Islamic and Indian Manuscripts and Miniatures, London, 24 Apr 1980, 29. lot no. 62

Exhibition history (2)

One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012

Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015