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Kedar Ragini from the Chunar Ragamala

Artist: Shaykh Hatim
Historical period(s)
Hada dynasty, Reign of Rao Raja Bhoj Singh, 1591
Bundi Court
Rajput School
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (overall): 22.5 x 15 cm (8 7/8 x 5 7/8 in)
India, Uttar Pradesh, Chunar
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
The Chunar Ragamala is of great importance to understanding the relationship of Mughal to Rajput painting. Its three artists, Shaykh Husain, Shayh'Ali, and Shaykh Hatim, were trained in the Imperial Mughal court. They produced this Ragamala series for Rao Raja Bhoj Singh (r. 1585–1607) at his estate at Chunar (Uttar Pradesh). The series was later brought to the Rao Raja's kingdom of Bundi (Rajasthan); it became the compositional model for ragamalas produced there over the next 200 years. Images of Kedar Raga depict an ascetic in meditation. The unique feature of Kedar ragini in the Chunar set and other Bundi ragamalas is the Muslim darvish visiting a meditating yogini (female ascetic).
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Hada dynasty, India, lotus, music, nasta'liq script, peacock, prayer, prayer beads, ragamala, WWII-era provenance, yogini
Collection(s) Area
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

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