- Raga Lalita
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
On a terrace the lover prepares to depart after a night spent with his beloved. The nayika is sad and refuses to acknowledge that her lover is leaving -- she is thus shown pretending to be asleep. She lies on an ornate bed richly decorated in hues of green, lilac, blue and gold patterns. She wears rich gold, yellow and brown while the nayaka is garbed in white jama, lilac shawl, orange and gold patka (sash) and yellow dotted pyjamas. Though not representing any religious deity, the hero in this painting has a halo! The landscape and sky are similar to others in this series.
- Made in: Rajasthan
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 32 centimetres (page)
- Width: 24 centimetres
- Height: 24.9 centimetres (painting including all margins)
- Width: 19.9 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 TranslationThe sun is up and the youthful lover goes On seeing this, the lady is plunged in grief Her face is full of sorrow and full of sighs Grieved by that her eyes are full of tears Seeing her plight the lover turns to speak Her companion is the picture of wonder. She is the Ragini of Bhairava The learned have given her the name of Lalita.
Inscription CommentTranslation taken from Gangoly, O.C., 'Ragas and Raginis, Vol.2', Plate XXXVI.)
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.)
- Associated with: Ganges, River
- (Asia,India,River Ganges)
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Object reference number: RFI35315
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