Apr 21, 2014

Sindhu Raga

Sindhu Raga

c. 1720

Ink and color on paper

Overall: 48.1 x 27.9 cm (18 15/16 x 11 in.)

Gift of Dr. Norman Zaworski 2004.110



The inscription at the top identifies this scene as a Sindhu raga, the raga (or musical mode) of heroic sentiment. Sindhu raga is always depicted as a battle scene between the two opposing forces. The composition is cluttered with figures and events. Depicted above the horizon against the sky are the God of War, Karttikeya, in his chariot and three angels carrying garlands for the dead warriors. Most of the warriors are on horseback and are armed with bows and arrows, swords, lances, and shields, as well as rifles. Two elephants appear in the foreground.

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Indian Art
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