- Kedar Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
The scene follows a prototype of Kedar Ragini, that of a nobleman in conversation with an ascetic, the nobleman's boat ready for departure nearby. A bearded, haloed ascetic clad in lilac dhoti sits in conversation with a noble visitor clad in sumptuous gold costume. Attendants with flywhisk stand behind the nobleman and the ascetic. the boat has an elephant head in front and a gold pavilion with a seat for the nobleman. A boatman snoozes on board.
- Made in: Rajasthan
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 32.1 centimetres (page)
- Width: 24.2 centimetres
- Height: 25.1 centimetres (painting including all margins)
- Width: 19.5 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 TranslationHis limbs are smeared with ashes He dwells in renunciation in the forest, He owns a single garment ever worshipping. He is called a siddha, an accomplished person and he has spiritual gifts. King and subject all call themselves his servant and he has no desires in his heart. Lala says that Kedar is famous as the Ragini of Sri Raga.
Inscription CommentTranslated by Dr. Rupert Snell.
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 ascetic being a Ragini should be a woman. Lala's verse, however describes him as a male and the artist follows the verse literally.
- Associated with: Ganges, River
- (Asia,India,River Ganges)
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Object reference number: RFI35339
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