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The month of Vaisakh. April/May.

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1999,1202,0.1.11

  • Title (object)

    • The month of Vaisakh. April/May.
  • 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 blue and gold shaded sky heralds the month of Vaisakh, the spring season, preceding the stiflingly hot summer months. The shield near the nayaka, the sword by his side and the kirpan (dagger) tucked into his belt suggest that he is about to leave for war. The foreground depicts travellers, one of whom is blindfolded suggesting that he is as blinded by the pain of separation from his beloved, as the bee who, while sucking nectar, does not see the lotus flower closing around him at sunset. The forlorn nayika seated alone in a pavilion in the foreground is sad as she is separated from her beloved.

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  • Date

    • 1700-1725 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 28.7 centimetres (painting including grey and white margins.)
    • Width: 20.1 centimetres (painting including grey and white margins)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Devanagari
      • Inscription Position

        top
      • Inscription Language

        braj bhasa
      • Inscription Translation

        The earth and sky are filled with fragrant breezes blowing gently. All around there is fragrant beauty. But the fragrance is blinding for the bee and painful for the lover who is away from home. The nayika says to her beloved, 'I pray you having taught me the pleasures of love making, do not talk of leaving in the month of Vaisakh, as the arrows of Kama (the God of love) are hard to bear in separation.
      • Inscription Comment

        Verse from poet Keshavdas' Baramasa (song of the 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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  • Bibliography

    • Ebeling 1973 bibliographic details
    • Ahluwalia 2008 p. 28, fig. 12 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Baramasa
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1999

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1999,1202,0.1.11

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 blue and gold shaded sky heralds the month of Vaisakh, the spring season, preceding the stiflingly hot summer months. The shield near the nayaka, the sword by his side and the kirpan (dagger) tucked into his belt suggest that he is about to leave for war. The foreground depicts travelers, one of whom is blindfolded suggesting that he is as blinded by the pain of separation from his beloved, as the bee who, while sucking nectar, does not see the lotus flower closing around him at sunset. The forlorn nayika seated alone in a pavilion in the foreground is sad as she is separated from her beloved.

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 blue and gold shaded sky heralds the month of Vaisakh, the spring season, preceding the stiflingly hot summer months. The shield near the nayaka, the sword by his side and the kirpan (dagger) tucked into his belt suggest that he is about to leave for war. The foreground depicts travelers, one of whom is blindfolded suggesting that he is as blinded by the pain of separation from his beloved, as the bee who, while sucking nectar, does not see the lotus flower closing around him at sunset. The forlorn nayika seated alone in a pavilion in the foreground is sad as she is separated from her beloved.

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