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The Musical Mode, Gauri

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The Musical Mode, Gauri

Nainsukh, Indian, (ca. 1710 (or 1724)–1778)

Creation date: ca. 1770
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.1227
State/Province: Himachal Pradesh
Dimensions: 9 17/32 in. x 7 3/8 in. (24.2 cm x 18.7 cm)


Sotheby's, London, England (July 9, 1979 - July 9, 1979)

Bond, London, England (July 9, 1979 - July 9, 1979)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (July 9, 1979 - August 27, 1990)

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

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October 2005
Domains of Wonder
This painting portrays the personification of the musical mode Gauri, who is described in its associated verses as a beauty with a complexion as fair as a champaka flower. Normally, Gauri would hold flowers, but in this Pahari deviation from the typical depiction, she awaits her lover as she holds a double-gourded instrument (vina) across her shoulder. The painting is assured and delicate with very soft coloring.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Domains of Wonder: Selected Masterworks of Indian Painting San Diego Museum of Art , 10/22/2005 - 1/27/2008

Temple, Palace, Mosque: Palace Art From the Palace of Guler San Diego Museum of Art , 6/23/2012 - 1/6/2013

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


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Catalogue of Fine Oriental Miniatures and Manuscripts, Sotheby's. London, England, July 9, 1979
Page Number: 82 Lot no. 261, 83, Figure Number: 261

Dr. Sonya Quintanilla. Veranda Veranda Publications Inc.. Atlanta, Georgia, September 2005-October 2005
Page Number: 106, 116, Figure Number: 106

Brijinder Nath Goswamy and Dr. Caron Smith. Domains of Wonder: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2005
Page Number: 250, 251, Figure Number: 107


Inscription, On reverse: ragini gauri, kavitta. om. sohata shravana phula tulya sura vrikshana ke . . . patra 3 ["leaf 3"].

Inscription, On reverse: (Obeisance to) the worshipful (goddess), Jagadamba

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