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Nata Ragini

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1999,1202,0.2.3

  • Title (object)

    • Nata Ragini
  • Description

    Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.

    Nata ragini is sometimes depicted as a male and sometimes a female in ragamala paintings. Here she is on horseback fighting a foot soldier with a sword. Another dead or wounded soldier lies sprawled on the floor in the foreground, his sword broken. Birds surround and peck at him. The foreground on which he lies is painted a dark green contrasting with the pale green hillock behind. The landscape with clumps of foliage here and there looks artificial and contrived. Two angels with green wings appear to be raising a toast to each other!

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 19thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 32.1 centimetres (page)
    • Width: 24.1 centimetres
    • Height: 24.4 centimetres (painting including all margins)
    • Width: 19 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Devanagiri
      • Inscription Position

        top
      • Inscription Language

        braj bhasa
      • Inscription Translation

        He is on his horse in the thick of the fight The mood which is anger infuses his sword which makes music Takes heads off and makes the (headless) bodies dance And the yoginis fill their mystic cups with blood He carries in his hands the sword By all his martial display he excites other heroes, This manner of spirit is ascribed to the Ragini of Bhairava, Nata Ragini by her terrible visage.
      • Inscription Comment

        Translation taken from Gangoly, O.C.'Ragas and Raginis, Vol.2,' Plate XLIV, Nata Ragini.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Devanagiri
      • Inscription Position

        Front cover of Album
      • Inscription Language

        local dialect, probably Rajasthani
      • Inscription Transliteration

        (Difficult to transliterate the beginning. Text unclear). - - Pana muraqqo pame 36. Labar 2.
      • Inscription Translation

        ( -? - ). Album has 36 folios. Number 2.
      • Inscription Comment

        The text inscribed above each illustration is attributed to a poet named Lal by the scholar Ebeling, K. in 'Ragamala Painting' and most translations have been verified by matching the original with the brajbhasa texts in O.C.Gangoly's book 'Ragas and Raginis, Vol.2.' Some have been translated with the help of Dr. Rupert Snell from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
  • Curator's comments

    The series is a complete one of thirty six based on the 'standardized painters system' existing in Jaipur during the 19th century. Black ink floral sprays on first and last pages.
    Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings characteristically depict text in enclosed decorative panels or cartouches on top of each painting. (Ebeling, K., 'Ragamala Painting', 1973. Pg.228, illustration 148.) The rasa is that of heroism.

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  • Condition

    Good

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1999

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1999,1202,0.2.3

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