- Gauri Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
The nayika wearing a rich red and gold ghagra and heavily jeweled in pearls, day dreams and longs for her lover while plucking blossoms into a bowl. The outdoor setting has an abundance of flowering bushes and foliage in the foreground bordering a lake in the background, and a tree with heavily shaded leaves to the right background. A light green hillock frames the heroine. A city in diminutive scale is in the distance.
- Made in: Rajasthan
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 32 centimetres (page)
- Width: 24.2 centimetres
- Height: 24 centimetres (painting including all margins)
- Width: 18.9 centimetres
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.
Inscription Languagebraj bhasa
Inscription TranslationHer beauty flashes and her dress is shining Her bodice of white is equally radiant She has bedecked her body with ropes of pearls Her tresses are flying, she is indeed an accomplished lover, Her beauty is fragrant and tempts the heart (?) She is absent minded for she contemplates (her lover) Thus is described the melody of Malkousa Always spoken of by the name of Gaudi.
Inscription CommentTranslation taken from Gangoly, O.C., 'Ragas and Raginis, Vol.2', Plate XXIII.
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 separation.
- Associated with: Ganges, River
- (Asia,India,River Ganges)
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Object reference number: RFI35317
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