- Gujari Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
Gujari Ragini sitting on a gold bolstered chair on a terrace plays on the vina and sings in praise of her beloved. Her friend standing in front of her keeps time by clapping her hands, an attendant behind her holds a fly whisk. The lone peacock standing in the foreground on the terrace symbolizes her loneliness and yearning for her beloved.
- Made in: Rajasthan
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 31.7 centimetres
- Width: 24.2 centimetres
- Height: 24.7 centimetres (painting including all margins)
- Width: 19.7 centimetres
Inscription Languagebraj bhasa
Inscription TranslationVery lean and thin in figure, She plays on the vina and a peacock dances before her, She always meditates in her heart on the face of her beloved. A companion sits by her, In this manner is pictured Gujari, The Ragini of Megha Malar as visualized by mental contemplation.
Inscription CommentTranslation taken from Gangoly, O.C.,'Ragas and Raginis, Vol.2.' Plate LXXII.
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.) It is probable that this ragini was a melody of the ancient Gujars clan near Mount Abu in Rajasthan. Originally known as 'Vibhasa' it is one of the earliest known Raginis.
- Associated with: Ganges, River
- (Asia,India,River Ganges)
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Object reference number: RFI35342
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