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The month of Chaitra. March/April.

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1999,1202,0.1.12

  • Title (object)

    • The month of Chaitra. March/April.
  • 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 lush foliage of spring, flowering trees and lotus pool is seen in this illustration. The nayika is shown welcoming her lover with garlands after which they are depicted seated in the pavilion.

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  • Date

    • 1700-1725 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 28.6 centimetres (painting including grey and white margins.)
    • Width: 20 centimetres (painting including grey and white margins)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Devanagari
      • Inscription Position

        top
      • Inscription Language

        braj bhasa
      • Inscription Translation

        The charming creepers and young trees have blossomed. Rivers and ponds are overflowing with water. Ladies aglow with passion worship their husbands. The parrots, sarikas (bird of the same family as a parrot) and nightingales chirp, for it is spring. The poet Keshavdas says that in this month no one should embrace the thorns (of separation) leaving the flowers (of union). One should not go out and should be firm in this resolve in the month of Chaitra.
      • Inscription Comment

        Verse from poet Keshavdas' Baramasa (song of seasons).
      • 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
  • 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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  • Subjects

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Baramasa
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1999

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1999,1202,0.1.12

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.  This object is number 12 in the series.

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. This object is number 12 in the series.

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