Andhrayaki Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

Within the palace interior a lady reclines on her bed, restlessly pulling her hair in frustration at the absence of her lover. Her maids are outside, sheltering themselves with their saris from a great thunderstorm that fills the sky. The dark swirling clouds are riven by bolts of lightning. The drama of the storm serves as a metaphor for the turmoil of love.

Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper


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