Dr. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Boston to 1924 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dr. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Boston in 1924 
 Object file, undated folder sheet note.
 See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
- Previous Owner(s)
Dr. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy 1877 - 1947
As the Mughal empire began to crumble in the early eighteenth century, paintings with escapist themes rather than historical subjects became more popular in the royal court. Many artists depicted idealized beauties engaged in introspective activities, such as this woman entering a Hindu shrine at dawn. The painting perhaps refers to a melody because in the previous century the subject of a woman worshiping a lingam, an aniconic form of the great deity Shiva, became associated with the Indian classical composition known as Bhairavi Ragini.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
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