Nov 19, 2012

Gaudi Ragini

Gaudi Ragini

c. 1700–1725

Ink and color on paper

Image: 25.5 x 19 cm (10 1/16 x 7 1/2 in.); Overall: 30.7 x 23.8 cm (12 1/16 x 9 3/8 in.)

Gift of the American Foundation for the Maud E. and Warren H. Corning Botanical Collection 1968.109



Adept in the arts of love, according to the verse, a sixteen-year-old girl “tarries in the garden, confused of mind,” holding flowers from the wishing tree, no companion with her. Four black bucks seem to have emerged from the dense woods, attracted to her, while monkeys leer at her from above. The shining white architecture atop sherbet-hued walls and the tall peaked hill are characteristic of paintings from the Rajput kingdom of Amber, which would later be renamed Jaipur. The music of Gauri Ragini is intended to be enjoyed during the winter months.

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