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The Hindu deity Krishna dancing with the young cowherder women, personifying a musical mode (Vasanta Ragini), from a Ragamala series
Date: approx. 1750-1760
Materials: Ink, opaque watercolors and gold on paper
Dimensions: H. 7 1/8 in x W. 4 3/4 in, H. 18.1 cm x W. 12.1 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Elton L. Puffer
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: 2004.45
On Display: No

Description

Label: This painting is from an elegant ragamala, or garland of male and female musical modes (ragas and raginis). It appears two artists, Muhammad Faqir-ullah and Fath Chand, worked on the series from which this work comes. The use of vivid colors and the densely detailed setting is typical of Faqir-ullah's work. Also typical is the way his signature is almost hidden on the tree trunk rather than placed in a more prominent position. Paintings of this period are often highly detailed, with attention paid to every section of the surface. The jewel-like pigment glows—the hot palette of the clothes of the women accentuating the cooler, blue skin of the god Krishna. Vasanta Ragini is associated with spring. Although a female musical mode, Vasanta is often personified as Krishna dancing with milkmaids in celebration of the spring festival Holi.
Label: This painting is from an elegant ragamala, or garland of male and female musical modes (ragas and raginis). It appears two artists, Muhammad Faqir-ullah and Fath Chand, worked on the series from which this work comes. The use of vivid colors and the densely detailed setting is typical of Faqir-ullah's work. Also typical is the way his signature is almost hidden on the tree trunk rather than placed in a more prominent position. Paintings of this period are often highly detailed, with attention paid to every section of the surface. The jewel-like pigment glows—the hot palette of the clothes of the women accentuating the cooler, blue skin of the god Krishna. Vasanta Ragini is associated with spring. Although a female musical mode, Vasanta is often personified as Krishna dancing with milkmaids in celebration of the spring festival Holi.