- Desakh Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
This Ragini represents physical prowess and strength. Desakh Ragini, a female athlete in male sporting attire grasps a golden pillar in an upside down position. She is strong and not hampered by modesty; her clothes lie in a heap to one side.Two male athletes in the foreground seem to be similarly employed in athletic pursuits. A lotus filled lake, green fields dotted with trees and an orange streaked sky filled with white, billowing clouds complete the background of the painting.
- Made in: Rajasthan
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 32.1 centimetres (page)
- Width: 24.2 centimetres
- Height: 24.5 centimetres (painting including all margins)
- Width: 18.8 centimetres
Inscription Languagebraj bhasa
Inscription TranslationHer body is wonderfully developed She has embraced the golden pillar She shows off her muscles and she is well built By carrying the club she shows the strength of her arms She plays all the turns of an athlete and by her display exceeds her own feats So this is Desakh, Ragini of Hindola She is regarded as an athlete among athletes.
Inscription CommentTranslation taken from Gangoly, O.C.,'Ragas and Raginis,Vol.2.' Plate LXLI.
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.) Desakh Ragini is considered a kanyavisarika heroine, an unmarried girl ready for love.
- Associated with: Ganges, River
- (Asia,India,River Ganges)
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Object reference number: RFI35325
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