- Vibhasa Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
A couple is seated on a terrace. The nayika wears red and gold the nayaka is clad in a white jama and gold pyjamas. The nayaka seems almost comical in his position symbolic of Kamadeva, the God of Love about to strike an arrow into the heart of his beloved seated directly in front of him. Kamadeva, the God of Love usually has a symbolic bow of flowers and arrows with which he pierces the hearts of unsuspecting victims. The sky is dark. The red cock crowing heralds the early hours of dawn; their passion has kept the lovers awake all night.
- Made in: Rajasthan
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 32 centimetres (page)
- Width: 24 centimetres
- Height: 24.6 centimetres (painting including all margins)
- Width: 19.9 centimetres
Inscription Languagebraj bhasa
Inscription TranslationHer graceful beauty has no parallel, The lover is immersed in the love of his beloved They have kept awake all night and it is dawn And so they indulged in pleasures and dalliance And whatever desire awoke in their heart They quenched one and all. This is the Ragini of Megha Malara By name Vibhasari she is announced.
Inscription CommentTranslation taken from Gangoly, O.C., 'Ragas and Raginis, Vol.2.' Plate LXXXVIII.
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.) The rasa is love in union.
- Associated with: Ganges, River
- (Asia,India,River Ganges)
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Object reference number: RFI35345
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