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Bilaval Ragini

Accession Number
1980/2.244

Title
Bilaval Ragini

Artist(s)
Indian

Artist Nationality
Indian (South Asian)

Object Creation Date
circa 1800

Medium & Support
ink, watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions
7 1/8 in x 4 3/4 in (18.1 cm x 12.07 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 5/16 in (49.05 cm x 36.35 cm);12 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in (31.75 cm x 21.59 cm);7 1/8 in x 4 3/4 in (18.1 cm x 12.07 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection

Label copy
Bilaval ragini, the personification of a musical mode that evokes the mood of a woman longing for her lover, is shown adorning herself with jewelry while she studies the effect in a mirror held by her handmaiden. A second attendant plays music on the veranda. The setting is a charming marble pavilion, with projecting porches topped by cupolas and a small rooftop chamber.
The name Bilaval (alternately spelled Vilaval) derives from the south Indian Valava tribe; presumably the music that inspired this poetry and image originated there.
Exhibited in "Divine Encounters, Earthly Pleasures: Twenty Centuries of Indian Art," 12/12/03-2/22/04.

Subject matter
Bilaval ragini, the personification of a musical mode that evokes the mood of a woman longing for her lover, is part of the Ragamala tradition of paintings, which are miniature paintings based on musical modes. 

Physical Description
This miniature painting is placed on a red background with text written above it. In the center, a woman is adorning herself while looking at a mirror that is held by a female attendant. They are seated inside a marble pavilion, with projecting porches topped by cupolas and a small rooftop chamber. Another female attendent plays a string instrument to the side in the foreground.

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
Bundi
Rajasthani (culture or style)
lady
miniatures (object genre)
mirrors

2 Related Resources

Looking Into the Mirror
(Part of 8 Learning Collections)
Music and Musicians
(Part of: Music + Art for Educators)

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