Woman Feeding Deer: Todi Ragini, from a Ragamala

The lone woman wears an orange skirt under a sheer brown sari with gold patterns. She offers some grass to one of four deer that approach her with enthusiasm. She holds a blue and gold vina and faces to the viewer’s left. A poetic verse in Sanskrit describing Ragini Todi is inscribed within the upper yellow border. Melodies played in the musical mode or key called Todi are performed between 9 AM and 12 PM.

Gum tempera and gold on paper


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