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Kedar Raga

late 17th century-early 18th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Bundi Rajasthan India
    late 17th century-early 18th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    opaque watercolour on paper
    25.0 x 17.3 cm
    Gift of Dr Jim Masselos 2022
    Not on display
    Accession number

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  • About

    Ragamala (Garland of melodies) paintings are an Indian tradition of miniature painting designed to accompany poetic and musical musings. The scenery conveys the relevant time of day and season in which the raga is to be sung and most paintings also reference the Hindu deities associated with the raga.

    The Kedar Raga is connected to the god Shiva via the ascetic, who demonstrates his devotion to Shiva through yoga and asceticism, including acts of fasting, sexual abstinence, self-impoverishment and isolation. Depicted here, the ascetic sits naked in lotus position on a tiger skin. His forehead is marked by a half moon of ash and ochre and he is attended by two women who have come to witness his religious devotion.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

  • Provenance

    Jim Masselos, 1970s-2021, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased from Essajee & Sons. Donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2021.

    Essajee & Sons, 1970s, Mumbai/Maharashtra/India