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Folio from a Ragamala Series: Madhumadhavi RaginiEnlarge image

Folio from a Ragamala Series: Madhumadhavi Ragini, 18th century

Unknown (Indian, Rajasthan, Bundi-Kota - 18th century)

opaque watercolour on laminated paper
26.5 x 19 cm
Gift of Max Tanenbaum, Toronto, 1979
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23589)

Madhumadhavi ("honeyed sweetness") rushes into a palace from an oncoming storm in order to join her lover. She is surprised by the cry of a frightened peacock, the symbol of love-making. This "ragini" in the "female" mode is played late in the evening.

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