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Folio from a ragamala series: Kamod Ragini. Maratha, circa early 18th century. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. 29.3 x 19.8cm

Initially I thought this to be Gujari Ragini but the translated text informs that it is Kamod Ragini. Kamod Ragini is notorious for being a ragini for which there was no fixed iconography. In Klaus Ebeling 'Ragamala Painting' (1973) there are two examples (255, 259) featuring ladies, one making a garland and another holding garlands, these being the only shared features amongst the differing iconographies.

Identical in style, including the borders, is a ragamala painting illustrated in 'Indian Miniature Painting. The Collection of Earnest C Watson &; Jane Werner Watson', 1971, cat. 136. Slightly smaller than that here (possibly due to its borders having cropped edges?) it is erroneously attributed to Malwa on the basis of the border motif, and I presume its features which became known as 'Central Indian'. However the painting here bears comparison to the those illustrating the 18th century manuscript published in 'Mysteries of Love: Maratha Miniatures of the Rasamanjari', Tripathi SV, 2001.

With thanks to the kindness of Taun Pant for identifying the ragini from the text.

Ref: 000658

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Above: gilt and silver detail reflecting light

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