Mar 20, 2014
Mar 20, 2014

Hindola Raga

Hindola Raga

c. 1790–1800

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Image: 20.5 x 15.3 cm (8 1/16 x 6 in.); with mat: 35.5 x 25.4 cm (14 x 10 in.)

Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1975.9


Did you know?

The word hindola means "swing" in Sanskrit.


To celebrate the coming of spring, Krishna sits on a swing with his beloved Radha as their companions, the cowherd boys and milkmaids, play music, dance, admire the idyllic couple, and keep their swing gently in motion.

In Sanskrit, hindola means swing, and this painting belonged to a set of ragas, which are paintings associated with a musical mode. Music played in the Hindola Raga elicits the fever of young love in springtime. Radha and Krishna represent the ideal of a young couple in love.

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