- Panchama Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
Panchama ragini clothed in red and gold skirt, yellow blouse and purple flowing veil sits on a blanket in front of two brightly striped bolster cushions listening to two female musicians seated on either side of her. The musicians are in brightly coloured costumes of green, lilac, orange and gold; the lady on the left plays a sitar. A decorative blue, white and gold coloured wall frames a doorway of lilac coloured bricks contained in a gold frame.
- Made in: Rajasthan
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 31.7 centimetres (page)
- Width: 24.1 centimetres
- Height: 24.5 centimetres (painting including all margins)
- Width: 19.4 centimetres
Inscription Languagebraj bhasa
Inscription TranslationSo ravishingly beautiful is the clever damsel That she even carries the hearts of women Upon her lover is her affection fixed She augments all kinds of hilarity and merriment She is immersed in the colour and joy of melodies Her comrades never step out of the place of tryst, This Panchama is the ragini of Sri raga Of whom the learned sings with pleasure.
Inscription CommentTranslation taken from Gangoly, O.C., 'Ragas and Raginis, Vol.2.' Plate LXXVIII.
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.)
- Associated with: Ganges, River
- (Asia,India,River Ganges)
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Object reference number: RFI35335
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