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Vilaval Ragini

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1999,1202,0.2.14

  • Title (object)

    • Vilaval Ragini
  • Description

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

    The abhisarika heroine (one who goes out to meet her beloved) is portrayed here sumptuously attired in red, gold and yellow giving the finishing touches to her make up preparatory to her tryst. She examines herself in a mirror, which an attendant holds up before her. Another lady attendant holds vessels of her toilette and stands respectfully behind the bed. The setting is the familiar one of a terrace in front of a pavilion richly painted in the ornate style of this Ragamala series. A pink and gold fence separates the horizon from the terrace.

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 19thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 32 centimetres (page)
    • Width: 24.2 centimetres
    • Height: 24.5 centimetres (painting including all margins)
    • Width: 19.6 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • 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.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Devanagiri
      • Inscription Position

        top
      • Inscription Language

        braj bhasa
      • Inscription Translation

        The lady glows in her youthful beauty She has taken great pains with her appearance. Desire for her lover has seized her heart But she conceals her passion from her confidante. In her blue dress the damsel looks like lightning A look in the mirror agitates her Vilaval by name, the queen of Hindola has put on all her charms.
      • Inscription Comment

        Translation taken from Gangoly, O.C.,'Ragas and Raginis, Vol.2,' Plate XXXVIII, Vilaval Ragini.
  • 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.) An abhisarika heroine is usually portrayed fearlessly stepping out into the forest at night, prepared to face all dangers in order to meet her beloved. The artist here has portrayed a rather tame heroine however in her boudoir, an exact rendering of the poet Lala's verse.

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  • Condition

    Good

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1999

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1999,1202,0.2.14

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