Gunakali Ragini, from a ragamala (garland of melodies)

Historical period(s)
ca. 1680
Bundi Court
Rajput School
Carbon black and pigments on paper
H x W (drawing): 18.3 × 11.2 cm (7 3/16 × 4 7/16 in)
India, Rajasthan state, Bundi
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Manuscript folio

India, music, ragamala, woman

To 1972
Vijaivargiya, Jaipur, India, to 1972 [1]

From 1972 to 1990
R. E. Lewis, Belvedere, CA, acquired from Vijaivargiya, in 1972 [2]

From 1990
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from R.E. Lewis in 1990


[1] According to Curatorial Note 3 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Ray E. Lewis 1923-2005


Gunakali ragini is one of the female raginis associated variously with either Raga Malkaus or Raga Hindola [See Appendices 1-36 in O.C. Gangoly, Ragas & Raginis (Nalanda Publications, Bombay, 1935]. The inscription on the reverse attempts to accomodate both traditions. The verse describing the ragini commences by assigning her to Malkaus (malkausaki ragini) and concludes with a Hindola association (hindolaki ragini).

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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