The month of Sravana. July/August.
- The month of Sravana. July/August.
Painting from an album bound in red striped fabric containing 14 miniatures; with 11 Baramasa (Song of the seasons) paintings (paintings 2 to 12), 1 from Mewar, 2 from thikanas. Opaque watercolour on paper.
Grey clouds and lightning flashes set the mood for the monsoon season. Peacocks traditionally mate in this season and are shown in pairs symbolizing a time of 'love in union.' The lush foliage appearing because of the rains is depicted as a line of ordered trees in the background. The artist has tried to provide pictorial imagery to Keshav's verses by painting rivers meeting the sea, as rivers flood during the monsoons.
- 1700-1725 (circa)
- Made in: Amber (?)
- Height: 28.6 centimetres (painting including grey and white margins.)
- Width: 19.8 centimetres (painting including grey and white margins)
Inscription Positionfirst page
Inscription CommentMentions 12 baramasa paintings, the first painting is wrongly included
Inscription Languagebraj bhasa
Inscription TranslationThe poet Keshavdas says that during the month of Sravana the rivers meet the sea making a pleasant scene. Creepers, fresh after the rains cling to trees. There are lightning streaks and peacocks cry out happily. All lovers meet their beloveds in the month of Sravana. In this month one should certainly not even think of venturing outdoors.
Inscription CommentVerse from poet Keshavdas' Baramasa (song of the seasons).
Paintings 2 to 12: The Maharajas of Amber (later Jaipur) served under Mughal armies in the Deccan for prolonged periods of time. This may have led to Deccani influences in their works. See Ebeling, K. 1973, p.79 and Pratapaditya Pal, 'Pleasure Gardens of the Mind, Indian Paintings from the Jane Greenough Green Collection', Los Angeles, 1993, p.105, for examples of Amber paintings from this period.
- Associated Title: Baramasa
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