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- Sri Raga
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
A haloed and blue skinned Kṛṣṇa dressed in orange and gold jama with feathered crown and Rādhā dressed sumptuously in gold and red sit on a yellow cushioned sofa entertained by musicians. Narada, an ancient rishi, inventor of the vina and of several works of musical theory is the ascetic clothed in yellow dhoti playing the vina. The other figure is a legendary kinnara, sumptuously garbed in lilac jama with gold patka (sash) and a lilac and gold turban. Narada is usually included in paintings of Sri Raga. Two lady attendants stand behind the couple one with a peacock feathered fly whisk, the other holding a torch.
- Made in: Rajasthan
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 32 centimetres (page)
- Width: 24.1 centimetres
- Height: 24.3 centimetres (painting including all margins)
- Width: 19.9 centimetres
Inscription Languagebraj bhasa
Inscription TranslationHis body bluish in hue is marvellously built He is always graced with the company of auspicious Goddess Lakshmi He sits on a throne of gold and before him sits Narada playing on his vina, He has decorated himself with garlands of flowers And also with ornaments set with jewels, Sri Raga is thus conceived in sentiment Of whom all learned men sing praises.
Inscription CommentTranslation taken from Gangoly, O.C., 'Ragas and Raginis. Vol.2.' Plate LIII.
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: RFI35334
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