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Manuscript Overview
References
Bindings & Oddities

Abstract

This is an album (muraqqaʿ) compiled in the late thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE, or possibly later. It contains nineteen Deccani paintings and four pages of shikastah calligraphy (fols. 3b, 7b, 8a, and 9b), one of which is dated 1211 AH / 1796 CE (fol. 3b). The paintings, which date to the late twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE or thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE, come from a ragmala series attributable to the Deccan. A ragmala is a visualization of a musical mode or melody. This album contains a mix of visualizations of ragas (male musical modes) and raginis (female musical modes considered to be the wives of the male musical modes). The codex was formerly in an accordion format, and the multicolor flexible cloth hinges on the leaves are still visible. It was later rebound in a brown goatskin binding with a central lobed oval.

Hand note

Written in shikastah calligraphy (fols. 3b, 7b, 8a, and 9b)

Decoration Note

Nineteen Indian Rajput-style miniatures; borders of various colors; gold frames

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Cataloger: Landau, Amy

Cataloger: Smith, Sita

Editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Barrera, Christina

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Simpson, Shreve

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Jewell, Stephanie

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Gude, Tushara Bindu. "Between Music and History: Ragamala Paintings and European Collectors in Late Eighteenth-Century Northern India." PhD diss., University of California Los Angeles, 2009.


Pal, Pratapaditya. Ragamala Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1967.


Ebeling, Klaus. Ragamala Painting. Basel: Ravi Kumar, 1973.


Dahmen-Dallapiccola, Anna Libera. Ragamala-Miniaturen von 1475 bis 1700. Wiesbaden: Harassowitz, 1975.


Waldschmidt, Ernst, and Rose Leonore Waldschmidt. Miniatures of Musical Inspiration in the Collection of the Berlin Museum of Indian Art, vol. 2. Berlin: Museum fur Indische Kunst, 1975.


Falk, Toby, and Mildred Archer. Indian Miniatures in the India Office Library. London; Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1981.


These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

2a back

2b back

Lower board outside

12b back

12a back

11b back

11a back

10a back

9b back

9a back

8b back

8a back

7b back

7a back

6b back

6a back

5b back

5a back

4b back

4a back

3b back

3a back

Back-edge

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Calligraphy
Illustration
India
Iran
Islamic
Miniature
Persian
Rajput
Album
Ragini

Origin Place

India (Deccan)

Date

Late 12th century AH / 18th CE -- 13th century AH / 19th CE

Form

album

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Light brown leather (no flap); green onlaid central oval

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Persian.

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

<< return to search Album of Indian miniatures and Persian calligraphy W.669

Origin Place

India (Deccan)

Date

Late 12th century AH / 18th CE -- 13th century AH / 19th CE

Form

album

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Persian.

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This is an album (muraqqaʿ) compiled in the late thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE, or possibly later. It contains nineteen Deccani paintings and four pages of shikastah calligraphy (fols. 3b, 7b, 8a, and 9b), one of which is dated 1211 AH / 1796 CE (fol. 3b). The paintings, which date to the late twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE or thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE, come from a ragmala series attributable to the Deccan. A ragmala is a visualization of a musical mode or melody. This album contains a mix of visualizations of ragas (male musical modes) and raginis (female musical modes considered to be the wives of the male musical modes). The codex was formerly in an accordion format, and the multicolor flexible cloth hinges on the leaves are still visible. It was later rebound in a brown goatskin binding with a central lobed oval.

Hand note

Written in shikastah calligraphy (fols. 3b, 7b, 8a, and 9b)

Decoration Note

Nineteen Indian Rajput-style miniatures; borders of various colors; gold frames

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Cataloger: Landau, Amy

Cataloger: Smith, Sita

Editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Barrera, Christina

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Simpson, Shreve

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Jewell, Stephanie

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Gude, Tushara Bindu. "Between Music and History: Ragamala Paintings and European Collectors in Late Eighteenth-Century Northern India." PhD diss., University of California Los Angeles, 2009.


Pal, Pratapaditya. Ragamala Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1967.


Ebeling, Klaus. Ragamala Painting. Basel: Ravi Kumar, 1973.


Dahmen-Dallapiccola, Anna Libera. Ragamala-Miniaturen von 1475 bis 1700. Wiesbaden: Harassowitz, 1975.


Waldschmidt, Ernst, and Rose Leonore Waldschmidt. Miniatures of Musical Inspiration in the Collection of the Berlin Museum of Indian Art, vol. 2. Berlin: Museum fur Indische Kunst, 1975.


Falk, Toby, and Mildred Archer. Indian Miniatures in the India Office Library. London; Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1981.


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

2a back

2b back

Lower board outside

12b back

12a back

11b back

11a back

10a back

9b back

9a back

8b back

8a back

7b back

7a back

6b back

6a back

5b back

5a back

4b back

4a back

3b back

3a back

Back-edge

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Calligraphy
Illustration
India
Iran
Islamic
Miniature
Persian
Rajput
Album
Ragini
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