This painting once belonged to the filmmaker James Ivory (American, b. 1928).
According to a theme explored in various examples of Indian poetry and literature, a princess has fled her royal life to live alone on an island in the forest. She has skillfully made a skirt and hut of leaves and vines. Suffering deprivation and practicing yogic disciplines, she has achieved the power to peacefully commune with the water snakes, who are mystically drawn to her.
Ascetic Princess with Snakes in a Wilderness: Asavari Ragini, from a Ragamala
Northwestern India, Rajasthan, Rajput Kingdom of Bikaner
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