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

This morning raga shows the sleeping woman and her lover, who is silently departing after a night of passion: “Wearing many ornaments and garments, splendid, the fair mistress lies exhausted upon her bed at dawn.” The work exemplifies the Malwa taste for compositions made up of compartmentalized structures that emphasize the role of each protagonist.

Ink and opaque watercolor on paper


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