According to a theme explored in various examples of Indian poetry and literature, a princess has fled her royal life to live alone on an island in the forest. She has skillfully made a skirt and hut of leaves and vines. Suffering deprivation and practicing yogic disciplines, she has achieved the power to peacefully commune with the water snakes, who are mystically drawn to her.
Asavari refers to a distinct ethnic group, now known as the Shabara tribe, who lived in forested regions of central India. A ragini refers to a musical composition.
Credit Line: Text courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Art.