- Kukubha Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
The nayika is a 'vipralabdha nayika', one who has waited in vain for her lover and finally in disgust gives her heart to the peacocks whom she is shown feeding! The setting is a formal garden with water fountains, flowered beds and a gold covered canopy in the distance.
- Made in: Rajasthan
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 32.1 centimetres (page)
- Width: 24.2 centimetres
- Height: 24.7 centimetres (painting including all margins)
- Width: 19.3 centimetres
Inscription Languagebraj bhasa
Inscription TranslationFull of love's passion she shines in her dazzling beauty She sits gracefully under the shadow of the mango grove She carries ornaments bedecked with jewels She has given her heart to the peacocks whom she feeds Her body flashes in her golden sari Her busts are covered by a bodice of wonderful beauty Thus shines the Ragini melody of Megha Malar Who is called by the name of Kukubha.
Inscription CommentTranslation taken from Gangoly, O.C., 'Ragas and Raginis, Vol.2.' Plate XXVII.
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: RFI35344
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