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Ragamala Album: Gauri Ragini, c. 1625

Nepal: Bhaktapur (?), 1600-1650
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
7 x 5-1/2 in. (17.8 x 14.0 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

Not on view

Ragamala paintings were mounted in albums in large sets with up to six or seven ragas and their accompanying raginis. Poets applied vivid imagery to these musical modes, writing brief poems to accompany a particular melody. Each painting is therefore a combination of three forms of artistic expression—music, poetry and the visual arts.

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