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Ramakali Ragini

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  • Title (object)

    • Ramakali Ragini
  • Description

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

    The miffed kantabhisarika nayika (one who is sought after by her beloved), refuses to speak to her lover who falls at her feet trying to appease her. An elderly confidante appears to be entreating the nayika to relent by pointing emphatically to her beloved kneeling, but the nayika remains unmoved. Her body turns away from him emphasizing her negative attitude. The nayika wears a white jama, green and gold turban and green patka (sash) and the nayika is richly garbed in gold and green patterned skirt, yellow choli and royal blue and gold bordered odhni. The nayika is seated on an ornate gold chair on which rests a striped lilac cushion with green and yellow borders. Gold paint is used lavishly in patterns on orange carpet, burgundy awning, blue and mauve panels of pavilion walls, courtyard wall and thick stripes on textile roller blind. The foliage in the foreground and sky are treated in a similar fashion to the other miniatures in this series.


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    • 19thC(early)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 31.9 centimetres (page)
    • Width: 24.1 centimetres
    • Height: 25 centimetres (painting including all margins)
    • Width: 19.7 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Language

        braj bhasa
      • Inscription Translation

        In the fullness of her youth she has lost her head In her insolent pride she extracts attention from her Lord All her confidantes fail to assuage her She never thinks of union with her Lord 'The day has dawned' intervenes her confidante 'Why does your lover touch your feet,' Lala says, she is the Ragini of Malkos And is called by the name of Ramakali.
      • Inscription Comment

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

      • Inscription Script

      • 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.) Though the nayika is negative toward her lover, her head turned toward him signifies the prevailing mood as one of longing (vipralambha sringara.)


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