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- Gormallar Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
The heroine expecting her lover who has not come whiles away time by playing on the vina. Clad in red and gold ghagra and red odhni, she rests on a bed propped up by a cushion. Her friend who has dropped in to keep her company keeps rhythmic time by clapping her hands. To her right a lady attendant holds a fly whisk. A small table laden with bowls of food and beverage is placed in front of her. The sky is overcast with black clouds.
- Made in: Rajasthan
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 31.9 centimetres (page)
- Width: 24.2 centimetres
- Height: 24.8 centimetres (painting including all margins)
- Width: 19.4 centimetres
Inscription Languagebraj bhasa
Inscription TranslationHer companion dropped in but did not enhance her grief, And in her presence she played on the vina, In this manner she soothed her heavy heart She has enhanced her toilet by a rope of pearls The sky overcast with clouds makes her mind restless, Gormallar is the Ragini of Malar to which a picturesque name has been given.
Inscription CommentTranslation taken from Gangoly, O.C.'Ragas and Raginis,Vol.2.' Plate LXXI.
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: RFI35343
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