Three Musicians Perform Before a King: Shri Raga, from a Ragamala

Three Musicians Perform Before a King: Shri Raga, from a Ragamala

c. 1650

Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

20.8 x 16.5 cm (8 3/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.131

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Description

A king sits on a throne with a yogic band around his legs, listening to the music of two sages: a blue-skinned sage on a stringed instrument (vina), and a white-skinned one playing cymbals. A standing percussionist accompanies them on a drum. An attendant behind the king holds the royal canopy over his head.

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