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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF DR. CLAUS VIRCH

AN ILLUSTRATION TO A RAGAMALA SERIES: VIHAGA RAGAPUTRA SON OF SRI RAGA
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1208

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF DR. CLAUS VIRCH

AN ILLUSTRATION TO A RAGAMALA SERIES: VIHAGA RAGAPUTRA SON OF SRI RAGA
Estimate
2,0003,000
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AN ILLUSTRATION TO A RAGAMALA SERIES: VIHAGA RAGAPUTRA SON OF SRI RAGA
Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
image: 11 by 7 1/2 in., 28 by 19.1 cm
folio: 12 1/8 by 8 1/2 in., 30.8 by 21.6 cm
INDIA, MADHYA PRADESH, MID-18TH CENTURY
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Catalogue Note

A lord, beautifully attired and nimbated stands in a forest clearing leaning on a long crook.  He wears a long gold floral robe and a distinctive white and gold headgear.  He gestures to his beloved as she leans a long-neck stringed vina over her shoulder.  The branches of a slender tree enclose them.  A handmaiden offers a flask and holds a chowrie.

Inscribed in black ink Devanagari script in the red border above 

"..raga ragaputra vihaga da raga.. 4"

The inscription describes the subject as "Vihaga Ragaputra".  Ebeling describes a related subject as Mevada Putra "a prince in beautiful garments, a flower crown and a sword", listening to the music of a vina. Refer to Klaus Ebeling, Ragamala Painting, Basel, 1973 cat 141, p 224.

For another folio from the same series in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston see P. Pal, Ragamala Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 1967  cat. 66, pl. XXIX pp. 64-65. The series described there as possibly from Bundi (at Uniara?). 

Stylistically the series' provenance appears closest to Central India. 

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