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: Shri Raga from the Chawand Ragamala

Shri Raga from the Chawand Ragamala

Album folio with painting
Artist: Nasiruddin
Historical period(s)
Sisodia dynasty, Reign of Maharana Amar Singh, Dated 1605
Mewar Court
Rajput School
Opaque watercolor on paper
H x W (overall): 20.2 x 18.7 cm (7 15/16 x 7 3/8 in)
India, Mewar, Rajasthan, Chawand
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
One of the six chief musical modes, Shri Raga (shri means "honored" and raga is a musical mode) is personified in this painting as a prince seated on his throne listening to two musicians. Each raga is associated with a particular season, time of day, and emotion: here, it is winter in the late afternoon, and the emotion evoked is love.

This Ragamala set is among the earliest inscribed and dated Rajput works. It was painted at Chawand in Mewar. This small town lies south of Chittor Fort, which had been seized by imperial Mughal troops in 1568.

Carter Burden, New York [1]

From 1991
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased at auction, "The Carter Burden Collection of Indian Paintings," Sotheby's, New York, March 27, 1991


[1] Correspondence dated November 24, 1971 indicates that the Doris Weiner Gallery, New York, offered this painting to Carter Burden (see Curatorial Note 4 in the object record).

Former owner
Carter Burden
Sotheby's (New York)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Painting
flower, India, music, ragamala, Sisodia dynasty (861 - 1947), vina
Collection(s) Area
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

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