Description Melodic musical themes known as modes ("raga") were important subjects in sets of miniatures produced for the regional courts of India in the 17th-19th centuries. The name of one "raga" is Bhairava- a god who is also the lord of music. Bhairavi (spouse of Bhairava) gives her name to a "raga"-variation ("ragini"). In art, she personifies the "ragini." She appears here worshiping at a shrine holding a "linga," the emblem of the great god Shiva. The inscription at top says, "The fair and pure Bhairavi worships Shiva with songs accompanied by cymbals in a crystal shrine beside a lake." A sculpture of Shiva's bull, his means of transportation, sits outside the shrine.
- Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2001, by gift.
Inscriptions [Translation] The fair and pure Bhairavi worships Shiva with songs accompanied by cymbals in a crystal shrine beside a lake.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2001
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