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Woman Addressing a Peacock: Gujari Ragini of Megh, from a Ragamala

c. 1680
Page: 31.2 x 24.8 cm (12 5/16 x 9 3/4 in.); Miniature: 24.2 x 17.8 cm (9 1/2 x 7 in.)
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Gujari Ragini, a musical mode, is personified as the one who sings songs praising her beloved on experiencing pangs of separation. She sits on a throne outside a well-appointed chamber and holds her stringed instrument, the vina, in her right hand. Her songs have attracted a male peacock who dances to the tunes she sings. A pair of yellow birds take flight in the background.
Woman Addressing a Peacock: Gujari Ragini of Megh, from a Ragamala

Woman Addressing a Peacock: Gujari Ragini of Megh, from a Ragamala

c. 1680

Northwestern India, Rajasthan, Rajput Kingdom of Bundi or Raghogarh

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