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Ragamala illustration: Nat Ragini. Deccan: Hyderabad, circa 1770. Opaque watercolour with gold on a gold-speckled album leaf, the ragini identified in the Persian inscription written in Nastaliq; the reverse with text panel of Persian quatrain written in elegant Nastaliq script with wide orange outer border and marbled inner border, the text panel possibly earlier than the painting. 29.2 x 19cm.
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