A Woman Charms Snakes in the Wilderness: Asavari Ragini, from a Ragamala

A Woman Charms Snakes in the Wilderness: Asavari Ragini, from a Ragamala

early 1700s

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Page: 22.2 x 16.5 cm (8 3/4 x 6 1/2 in.); Miniature: 18.4 x 13.3 cm (7 1/4 x 5 1/4 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.199

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Unafraid, she offers a flower to one cobra and allows another to wind its way up her leg.

Description

Wearing a blouse and skirt made of leaves, the heroine retains her jewelry and diaphanous veil. She speaks to a snake, and others approach, charmed by her beauty. The multiple colors used for the rocks add to the otherworldly quality of the scene, and even they seem drawn to her spiritual magnetism.

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