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A ragamala illustration: Aghada Ragaputra. Pahari at Bilaspur, circa 1750. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli (hand-made paper for miniature painting). 22 x 18.6cm.
Others from the same ragamala series include:
Rajput Miniatures from the Collection of Edwin Binney 3rd, Binney E, Portland Museum, Portland 1968, cat. 78 'Karnati Ragini...Nurpur C. 1730-40'. (Incorrectly atributed to Nurpur. Binney does however note the takri inscription at top incorrectly identifies it as 'Ragini Bengali', an error common througout this series.)
Sotheby's Indian & Southeast Asian Art, New York, March 20th 1997, lot 356, 'Illustration from a Ragamala series...Probably Bilaspur, 18th century, probably Gaudi Ragini of Sri'.
Christie's Indian and Southeast Asian Art, New York, March 31st 2005, lot 231, 'Bharavi Ragini...Bilaspur, circa 1750'.
Sotheby's Indian & Southeast Asian Art, New York, March 26th 2003, '18th century. Vangala Ragaputra'. Also Bonhams Islamic and Indian Art, London, October 12th 2006, lot 264, 'Ragamala scene...Bilaspur, second half of the 18th century'.
Rajput Painting: Romantic, Divine and Courtly Art from India, Ahluwalia R, British Museum, London, 2008, fig. 90, 'Ramagiri Ragini...Bilaspur...1740-50'.
Ref. code 000188
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Above: use of impasto for pearls
Above: gilt detail reflecting light
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