Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Ashmolean − Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Browse: 10610 objects

Reference URL


Send e-mail

Contact us about this object

Send e-mail

Send to a friend

Ascetic in a landscape, illustrating the musical mode Bangali Ragini

  • Description

    The mode Bangali is visualised as an ascetic who sits in meditation holding his mala (beads) beside a small linga shrine to Shiva. His pastoral dwelling is shown as a colourful pavilion.

  • Details

    Garland of Ragas
    Associated place
    AsiaIndiaDeccan north Deccan (place of creation)
    c. 1675
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    mount 55.9 x 40.6 cm (height x width)
    painting 26.3 x 22 cm (height x width)
    Material index
    Technique index
    Object type index
    No. of items
    Credit line
    Purchased, 2001.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    Topsfield, A., ‘A Dispersed Ragamala from the Deccan’, Naval Krishna and Manu Krishna, eds, The Ananda-vana of Indian Art: Dr Anand Krishna Felicitation Volume (Varanasi: Indica Books, 2004), p. 325, illus. p. 326 pl. 10



  • Ragini

    Raga (feminine ragini) are musical modes, often represented by compositions of ladies, lovers, warriors, animals or gods, in series of Ragamala ('Garland of Ragas') paintings, a very popular artistic genre in north India and the Deccan c. 1500 - 1800.


    • First floor | Room 33 | Mughal India

Objects are sometimes moved to a different location. Our object location data is usually updated on a monthly basis. Contact the Jameel Study Centre if you are planning to visit the museum to see a particular object on display, or would like to arrange an appointment to see an object in our reserve collections.


© 2013 University of Oxford - Ashmolean Museum