- Malavi Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
Two lovers on a terrace walk toward a bedchamber being prepared by a maid. The bed is in a green and red checked design with green and gold cushions. The nayaka wears a white long jama over flamboyant green dotted pyjamas, an orange and gold scarf draped around his shoulders, an orange gem studded turban with a feather. The nayika wears a lilac and gold skirt, red and blue checked blouse and red veil bordered in gold. The carpet, pavilion, and sky are similarly treated as other paintings in this series.
- Made in: Rajasthan
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 32 centimetres (page)
- Width: 24.2 centimetres
- Height: 25 centimetres (painting including all margins)
- Width: 20 centimetres
Inscription Languagebraj bhasa
Inscription CommentTranslation not available in Gangoly, O.C., 'Ragas and Raginis.'
Inscription PositionFront cover of Album
Inscription Languagelocal 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 CommentThe 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.
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 love in union.
- Associated with: Ganges, River
- (Asia,India,River Ganges)
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Object reference number: RFI35319
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