- Museum number
- Object: Panchama Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk print containing 21 Rajput, Mughal and Provincial Mughal miniature paintings.
The prototype of Panchama Ragini, a lady listening to a musical performance is depicted here. A hookah and a vessel holding paan rests in front of her, she holds a paan in her hand ready for imbibing. Two lady musicians sit facing her, one playing the drum the other clapping hands in time to the rhythmn. A lady attendant holding a plate stands behind the heroine. A steel grey lake in the back ground has large pink stylised lotuses floating in the water. Beyond the lake dotted clumps of rounded trees form a line in the horizon.
- Production date
- 1710-1719 (circa. Either late Aurangzeb or Farrukhsiyar period.)
Height: 48.80 centimetres (page)
Height: 22.30 centimetres (painting excluding margins)
Width: 15 centimetres
Width: 34.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The style of painting conforms to the late Mughal style; see Falk and Archer, p.418, 419, nos. 149 and 152. Though Ragamala paintings, (copies of Rajput or Deccani prototypes) were common in subimperial Mughal paintings, this appears to be in the Mughal style.
- Not on display
- Loose folios in the Album. First miniature page is of a different size compared with all the others that are similar in size.
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