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Woman worshiping at an outdoor shrine, personifying a musical mode (Bhairavi Ragini)
Place of Origin: Northern India
Date: approx. 1800-1900
Materials: Opaque watercolors on paper
Dimensions: H. 10 1/4 in x W. 8 3/8 in, H. 26.0 cm x W. 21.3 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Johnson S. Bogart
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: F2003.34.17
On Display: No

Description

Label: The image of women at worship is a common one in Indian paintings. In this example, a female attendant observes as another woman kneels before a small outdoor shrine containing a linga—the phallic emblem representing the Hindu god Shiva. Scattered near the kneeling woman are ritual utensils, including water sprinklers and a bowl of flower offerings. The nudity of the woman, visible through her sheer dress, suggests that this private moment of worship is occurring immediately after her bath.

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Additional Label:

The image of women at worship, often in acts of private devotion, is a common one in Indian paintings. Here, a female devotee and her companion perform rituals and make offerings of flowers at a small outdoor shrine devoted to Shiva (represented here in a symbolic form of the linga). Ritual vessels, including perfume sprinklers and a bowl of flowers, are seen near the kneeling woman. The starry, moonlit night sky and the shrine’s isolated location give the painting a sense of peacefulness and the women’s devotions a quiet intensity.

(Object label from Worshiping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting.)


Label: The image of women at worship is a common one in Indian paintings. In this example, a female attendant observes as another woman kneels before a small outdoor shrine containing a linga—the phallic emblem representing the Hindu god Shiva. Scattered near the kneeling woman are ritual utensils, including water sprinklers and a bowl of flower offerings. The nudity of the woman, visible through her sheer dress, suggests that this private moment of worship is occurring immediately after her bath.
Expanded Label:

The image of women at worship, often in acts of private devotion, is a common one in Indian paintings. Here, a female devotee and her companion perform rituals and make offerings of flowers at a small outdoor shrine devoted to Shiva (represented here in a symbolic form of the linga). Ritual vessels, including perfume sprinklers and a bowl of flowers, are seen near the kneeling woman. The starry, moonlit night sky and the shrine’s isolated location give the painting a sense of peacefulness and the women’s devotions a quiet intensity.

(Object label from Worshiping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting.)