Polychrome pigments and gold on paper.
North India, 18th century.
(Minor alterations to the pictorial layer, but well preserved).
15.5 x 11 cm
Provenance: French private collection, catalogued in the collection as acquired on October 5, 1995 at
Drouot (expert Kevorkian).
The theme of ragamala Bhairavi Ragini represents a scene of lingam worship, taking place near Mount
Kailash (Shiva's sacred mountain), which can be seen here in the background. Under the moonlight, three young women are kneeling under a tree in front of a domestic temple housing a lingam, incarnation of the god Shiva. The first one is holding a bowl of offerings that she is about to place in front of the lingam.
A heron watches the scene, while in the background four men converse.
For a painting by Bhairavi Ragini of very similar style and composition, see : Nature Catalogue, Alexis Renard, 2013, p. 30, no. 23.
Another painting of the same theme is in the
Metropolitan Museum in New York (inv. no. 45.174.2).