May 24, 2016
May 24, 2016

A Royal Woman in a Pavilion: Desavarari Ragini of Dipak, from a Ragamala

A Royal Woman in a Pavilion: Desavarari Ragini of Dipak, from a Ragamala

c. 1695

Gum tempera, silver, and gold on paper

Page: 38.1 x 28.9 cm (15 x 11 3/8 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.138

Location

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“Dipak” means lamp; one attendant holds a lamp; another is on a golden stand.

Description

A sumptuous palace setting depicts the women’s quarters. In the upper register a woman approaches a bed made under a canopy on a terrace overlooking a lotus pool in the middle of which is a pleasure pavilion. An attendant holds a peacock tail feather whisk to indicate the royal status of the woman in the center; two musicians play drum and cymbals in the lower right.

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