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Kanada (Kanhro) Ragini

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  • Title (object)

    • Kanada (Kanhro) Ragini
  • Description

    Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.

    Kṛṣṇa dressed in royal garb of yellow dhoti, orange vest and gold turban crowned with a peacock feather sits on a rocky outcrop holding a sword and elephant tusk. The slain elephant lies in an uncanny position in the right foreground while royal bards to the left salute Kṛṣṇa. It is dark, the sky is black and trees in the background are deeply shaded. Hunting was usually carried out at night or in the early hours of the morning.


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  • Date

    • 19thC(early)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 32 centimetres (page)
    • Width: 24.2 centimetres
    • Height: 24 centimetres (painting including all margins)
    • Width: 19 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Script

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      • Inscription Language

        braj bhasa
      • Inscription Translation

        He carries the illumination of his glory As the prince sits gracefully on his throne, The royal bard stands before him and sings, And the prince is pleased to listen to the praise. He is blue in complexion and he is very grave and wise He has put on jewels and whose beauty tempts, Be it known, such is the Ragini of Dipaka Raga Kanara, who enchants all the world.
      • Inscription Comment

        Translation taken from Gangoly, O.C., 'Ragas and Raginis, Vol.2.' Plate L.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        Front cover of Album
      • Inscription Language

        local 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 Comment

        The 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.
  • Curator's comments

    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 melody is associated with elephant hunting in which retinues of royal hunters used to congratulte the king after a successful hunt. According to sanskrit ragamala texts the King, a divine personage supposedly holds a sword in one hand and the tusk of an elephant killed in the other. He is accompanied by royal bards who sing his praise.


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