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Gujari Ragini

circa 1750


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Deccan India
    Cultural origin
    North Deccan
    circa 1750
    Media categories
    Miniature , Painting , Watercolour
    Materials used
    opaque watercolour (gouache) on paper
    33.0 x 25.4 cm (irreg.)
    Gift of Dr Nigel and Mrs Norma Hawkins 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

  • Provenance

    Christie's London, 24 Apr 1980, London/England, Important Islamic and Indian manuscripts and miniatures, lot no. 62.

    Dr Nigel and Mrs Norma Hawkins, 24 Apr 1980-Feb 2010, Toronto/Ontario/Canada, moved to France early 1990s, moved to Australia late 1990s. Gift to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Feb 2010.