- Asavari Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
An abhisarika nayika, (one who goes out to meet her lover) in a tribal leaf skirt, breasts covered with a white veil, sits on a blanket on a carpeted terrace. The haloed nayika holds two black snakes in her hands and whiles away the hours in the company of snakes that seem to offer her consolation in her unsatisfied lovelorn condition. Two lilac clad female musicians seated in front of the nayika play stringed instruments that lull the serpents and make them dance. Two more snakes slither toward them from the lilac coloured rocks in the foreground.
- Made in: Rajasthan
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 32 centimetres (page)
- Width: 24.1 centimetres
- Height: 24 centimetres (painting including all margins)
- Width: 19.2 centimetres
Inscription Languagebraj bhasa
Inscription CommentTranslation not available in Gangoly,'Ragas and Raginis, Vol.2.'
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.) This raga is a survival of old tribal songs used to charm snakes into submission. The instrument, a flute with bulging form is still used by snake charmers in India today. The rasa is vipralambha sringara, one of unrequited love and longing. The rocks in the foreground and background, shaded in hues of lilac are influenced by the popular Mughal idiom.
- Associated with: Ganges, River
- (Asia,India,River Ganges)
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Object reference number: RFI35336
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