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Punyaki Ragini of Bhairava

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Punyaki Ragini of Bhairava

Creation date: ca. 1685
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.1150
State/Province: Himachal Pradesh
Dimensions: 10 3/32 in. x 7 25/32 in. (25.6 cm x 19.8 cm)


Heeramaneck Galleries, New York, New York ( - March 31, 1964)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (March 31, 1964 - August 27, 1990)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 27, 1990 - )

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Punyaki, a ragini of Bhairava raga, pours water over the hands of a passing mendicant, a sannyasi. According to Hindu philosophy, sannyas is the fourth stage of life, when worldly possessions, thoughts and desires are abandoned and the sannyasi leaves home to wander, depending on the charity of the pious for existence. Punya means earning merit by giving charity, and the ritual includes pouring water over the supplicant's hands.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Rajput Miniatures from the Collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd The Portland Art Association , 9/24/1968 - 12/14/1969

Myths, Monsters, Maharajas: Introducing the Binney Collection San Diego Museum of Art , 11/23/1991 - 1/26/1992

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

William George Archer, OBE, MA, D.Litt.. Rajput Miniatures, Portland Art Museum. Portland, Oregon, 1968
Page Number: 14, 86, 92, Figure Number: 70a

William George Archer, OBE, MA, D.Litt.. Indian Paintings from the Punjab Hills, Sotheby Parke Bernet. London, England, 1973
Page Number: 231 no. 8(ii)

Mr. Daniel J. Ehnbom. Indian Miniatures: Hudson Hills Press. New York, New York, 1985
Page Number: 212

Indian & Southeast Asian Works of Art, Sotheby's. New York, New York, March 19, 2008
Page Number: 40

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