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Border Fragment with Musical Angel

Made in St. Denis, France

Musical notation from BL Harley 1717, f. 251v

Musical notation, on four-line red staves, 13th century. Image taken from f. 251v of Chronique des ducs de Normandie (index Chronicle of Normandy; Chronique de Normandie). Written in French.

Stone Musical Instrument

Mexico, Mesoamerica, Veracruz (?)

The Holy Family with Saints and Two Musical Angels

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Holy Family with Saints and Two Musical Angels

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Term in the Form of a Woman with Musical Instrument

Jean Mignon (French, active 1535–ca. 1555)

Embracing Female Figures, Some Holding Musical Scores.

Attributed to Girolamo Mirola (Italian, Bologna documented, 1562–1570)

Malavakusika Raga: Page from a Dispersed Ragmala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

A prince, fanned by an attendant, is taking pan, a refreshing and slightly narcotic mixture of betel nut, powdered lime, and condiments wrapped in a leaf.

Vasant Ragini, Page from a Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

Vasant (spring) is evoked here by the dancing nobleman playing the role of Krishna in celebration of the coming of spring, witnessed by the flowering plants in the foreground, the flowers in the nobleman’s head... more

“Takebun,” from the Musical Drama “The New Piece” (“Shinkyoku”)

These screens depict the “Takebun” episode of “The New Piece” (“Shinkyoku”), an example of the kōwakamai type of musical drama popular in the sixteenth century. Originally derived from a tragic episode from the... more

Ramkali Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

The texts related to this ragini tell of a vivacious woman anxiously waiting for her lover, who arrives far too late. The written sources build tension by describing her high spirits and excitement at being nea... more

Desvarati Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

Ragamala texts describe the woman in this scene as “a lady whose gesture is one of languor and silence, whose eyes are restless from lack of sleep, who is exhausted by the effort of love-making.” Here, the arti... more

Round Box with Design of Bugaku Dance Hat and Musical Instrument

The meticulously crafted images of a brocade hat and mouth organ that adorn this box resonate multiple auspicious associations. The hat bears a medallion depicting a phoenix, and its shape suggests the head of ... more

Three Beauties Playing Musical Instruments

Attributed to Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861) Edo period (1615–1868)

Musical Instruments for the Noh Dance

Ryūryūkyo Shinsai (Japanese, active ca. 1799–1823) Edo period (1615–1868)

Musical Clock with Spinet and Organ

Inside the ebony case of this musical clock is an extremely rare and important instrument consisting of a sixteen-note pipe organ and a sixteen-string spinet that may be played independently of the organ. Made... more

Vasant Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

Here Krishna dances to the beat of a drum and cymbals played by women standing at either side of him. The new shoots emerging out of the pot Krishna holds in one hand and the flowering trees above the figures a... more

Dipak Raga: Folio from a Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

The Dipak Raga is associated with night and is meant to evoke the mood of intimacy between lovers. Legend has it that one of Emperor Akbar’s musicians started a palace fire after being forced to play this raga ... more

Setmalar Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

This ragini evokes the rainy season and is given dramatic expression by the bands of heavy clouds and snakelike bolts of lightning across the upper register. The associated text by Lachiman Das tells of a woman... more

Ladies in a Pavilion: Page from a Dispersed Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

In this unidentified Ragamala page, two women sit in conversation while a third looks on. Marwari taste for saturated red and orange earth tones and a formal presentation are perfectly typified. The flowers abo... more

Malkos Raga: Page from a Dispersed Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

This painting perfectly illustrates the Malkos raga text, which describes a lord attended by a woman with a fly whisk who is entertained by others that play heavenly music like gandharvas; he wears a necklace o... more

Madhumadhavai Ragini: Page from a Dispersed Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

The text of this Ragini tells of peacocks that cry at the threat of rain—here shown in the roiling black horizon and blue lines. Thinking that the peacock’s cry comes from hunger, a lady offers food. The audien... more

Panchama Ragini: Page from a Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

The patron here has inserted himself as a participant in the popular Panchama Ragini musical composition: he reaches out to pay the two musicians. The text of this ragini speaks of his contented happiness and l... more

Bhairavi Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

A female devotee is worshiping at a Shaiva shrine inside a palace compound, with a lotus pond in the foreground. She has placed an offerings of fresh flowers on the linga and, as we know from the ragamala verse... more

Musical Party in a Garden

While there is a long tradition of exceptional professional embroidery in England, domestic needlework attained a high point in the seventeenth century, when it was a requisite skill of accomplished young women... more

A Musical Party

Metsu began his career as a Leiden fijnschilder (fine-painter) in the manner of Gerrit Dou. By 1657 he had moved to Amsterdam where his technique gained a graceful fluidity, as is evident here. A woman and her ... more

Khambhavati Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

Here a female mendicant makes a Vedic fire offering to the god Brahma who is represented with four overlapping faces and holds a text, rosary (mala), and flower. An earlier ragamala text of 1550 provides the fo... more

Lalit Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

This morning raga shows the sleeping woman and her lover, who is silently departing after a night of passion: “Wearing many ornaments and garments, splendid, the fair mistress lies exhausted upon her bed at daw... more

Kakubha Ragini: Page from a Dispersed Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

The conventions of this ragini vary, but the usual theme is a lady waiting for her lover. Here, she stands at the door, possibly looking out for him. This analysis is buttressed by the empty bed and the actions... more

Vilaval Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

The Vilaval ragaini is to be performed in the morning, as suggested by the sun rising in a dark sky. In poetry this raga is described as a lady preparing to meet her lover, and here she is shown looking in a mi... more

Kedar Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

The artist Ruknuddin has combined creatively a number of ragamala texts to make this evocative masterpiece. Following artistic precedent and the texts, he shows an ascetic “in penance, adorned, gray [with ashes... more

Design for a Frieze Ornamented with Musical Instruments

Attributed to Thomas Hardwick (British, London 1752–1829 London)

Vairari Ragini, Wife of Bhairav Raga: Page from a Dispersed Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

The set to which this page belongs seems to be a slightly later copy of the 1709 Amber ragamala series. The poetic description of Vairari Ragini in that set reads:Know [her] full of skills and extremely handsom... more

Desvarari Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

All Indian paintings are begun with an underdrawing sketched with brush and ink, as seen here, where the bold use of line to demarcate the architectural forms gives the work its structure. The simply presented ... more

A Musical Gathering

Attributed to Samuel Wale (British, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk 1721–1786 London)

Bangali Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

The Amber ragamala text of which this work is a part offers the following description of this ragini: “Her sari, soaked with kesara [saffron], is enchanting. [Her] musk caste mark at the forehead bewitches the ... more

Vasanti Ragini, Page from a Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

Vasant means “spring,” and here, two women stand in a burgeoning springtime landscape, filling baskets with flowers. The style of the picture and its vertical format are close to those seen in works from early ... more

Andhrayaki Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

Within the palace interior a lady reclines on her bed, restlessly pulling her hair in frustration at the absence of her lover. Her maids are outside, sheltering themselves with their saris from a great thunders... more

Nata Ragina: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes)

Within the ragamala tradition the association of music, text, and image is not always obvious. In this instance, in accord with visualizing music in a heroic mode, a male figure is described in the text as “[g]... more

Three Loves with Musical Instruments

Pierre Alexandre Aveline (French, Paris 1702–1760 Paris)

A Stand of Arms, Musical Instruments, etc.

William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)

Puriya Ragaputra: Page from the Dispersed "Boston" Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

Krishna and Radha are shown outside a pavilion. He holds a lute and touches her forehead. She raises her hands to him in anjalimudra, the gesture of reverence.

Chandravimba Ragaputra: Page from a Dispersed "Boston" Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

Krishna, seated on a lotus throne, is being fanned by an attendant. He holds a lute in his lap and reaches toward a crane with his left hand

Musical instruments

Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784, Red Anchor Period, ca. 1753–58)

Shri Rama Putra Raga: Page from the Dispersed "Boston" Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

A prince attended by two female servants speaks to his beloved, who stands beneath a flowering banana tree. Silver grays and cool greens and whites dominate, masterfully contrasting with the less plentiful reds... more

Musical mantel clock (Pendule avec boîte à musique)

Clockmaker: Jean Baptiste Martre (born 1734, working 1770–85)

Musical Monster (from Fifteen Etchings Dedicated to Sir Joshua Reynolds)

Designed, etched and published by John Hamilton Mortimer (British, Eastbourne 1740–1779 London)

Musical Monster (from Fifteen Etchings Dedicated to Sir Joshua Reynolds)

Etched and published by John Hamilton Mortimer (British, Eastbourne 1740–1779 London)

Musical bracket or table clock

Clockmaker: Eardley Norton

Musical Trophy

Charles Monblond (French, 19th century)

Musical Trophy

Charles Monblond (French, 19th century)

Musical Clock

Also called a "dulcimer" or "harp clock", this timekeeper marks the hours with a repertoire of six popular tunes as well as a bell. Below the dial is a sound box with wire strings that are struck by 16 little h... more

Tartar Officer with Blond Lady Playing Musical Instruments

Unidentified Artist Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Drum and Keiro, A Kind of Musical Instrument Used for the Bugaku Dance

The design of this surimono, a sumptuous print commissioned by one of the poetry clubs that flourished in the urban society of early-nineteenth-century Edo, uses the accoutrements of a Bugaku performance as aus... more

A Musical Family

Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Biwa with Brocade Cover, from the series Musical Instruments

Ryūryūkyo Shinsai (Japanese, active ca. 1799–1823) Edo period (1615–1868)

Musical box

When wound up, the bird turns and flutters its wings while music plays. These "singing bird" boxes were especially popular in the East.

Musical Glasses

United States

The Great Strasburg Clock - facsimile of the original Apostolic, Musical and Astronomical Clock

Leaflet advertisement for replica of mechanical clock of teh Gothic cathedral of Strasbourg, France. Engraved sheet (Copy neg. showing p. 1 [illustrated cover] and p. 4.

Musical Glasses

The furniture style of this case suggests its manufacture in New York City around 1825. The glasses are like the type built by Francis Hopkinson Smith of Baltimore, Maryland. Attributed to F.H. Smith New York,... more

Case (Inrō) in the Shape of an Ink Stick with Design of Hotei (Putai) (obverse); Musical Instruments (reverse)

Attributed to Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Case (Inrō) with Scattered Design of Musical Instruments, Theatrical Implements and Flowers

Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Four Musical Putti (in Sketch Book With Drawings on Twenty-six Leaves)

Frederic, Lord Leighton (British, Scarborough 1830–1896 London)