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The month of Bhadrapada or Bhadon. August/September.

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1999,1202,0.1.8

  • Title (object)

    • The month of Bhadrapada or Bhadon. August/September.
  • Description

    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.

    The month of Bhadrapada or Bhadon is the monsoon season. Dark, grey clouds and flashes of lightning dramatically coloured gold and orange portray the atmosphere of the rainy season. The predominant use of grey in this illustration conveys the atmosphere of menacing clouds on the horizon. In the foreground, elephants break trees and lions and tigers roar, emphasizing the unsettled nature of the monsoon season.

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  • Date

    • 1700-1725 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 28.7 centimetres (painting including grey and white margins.)
    • Width: 19.8 centimetres (painting including grey and white margins)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Devanagari
      • Inscription Position

        first page
      • Inscription Language

        hindi
      • Inscription Comment

        Mentions 12 baramasa paintings, the first painting is wrongly included
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Devanagari
      • Inscription Position

        top
      • Inscription Language

        braj bhasa
      • Inscription Translation

        Dark clouds have gathered all around and loud sounds of thunder can be heard. Rain pours in torrents. Cicadas chirp continuously and strong winds blow fiercely. Tigers and lions roar and herds of elephants break trees. There is no longer any difference between night and day because of the constantly cloudy sky. One's own home is like nectar while venturing outdoors is comparable to poison. The poet is of the opinion that one should not leave home during this month.
      • Inscription Comment

        Verse from poet Keshavdas' Baramasa (song of seasons).
  • Curator's comments

    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.

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  • Bibliography

    • Ebeling 1973 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Baramasa
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1999

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1999,1202,0.1.8

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.

The month of Bhadrapada or Bhadon is the monsoon season. Dark, grey clouds and flashes of lightning dramatically coloured gold and orange portray the atmosphere of the rainy season. The predominant use of grey in this illustration conveys the atmosphere of menacing clouds on the horizon.  In the foreground, elephants break trees and lions and tigers roar, emphasizing the unsettled nature of the monsoon season.

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