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- Setmalar Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
A separated heroine, a 'virahini' in a mood of renunciation has become an ascetic. Adopting the guise of a male she sits in a yogic posture. She has a halo and blue coloured skin indicative of having attained the special powers of a siddha. She sits on a carpeted terrace in front of a pavilion listening to two lady musicians playing devotional music on a sitar and tambourine. A pink city in diminutive scale is seen in the left horizon beyond a lotus filled lake. Black clouds fill the sky indicative of the monsoon season.
- Made in: Rajasthan
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 32.1 centimetres (page)
- Width: 24.2 centimetres
- Height: 24.1 centimetres (painting including all margins)
- Width: 19.6 centimetres
Inscription Languagebraj bhasa
Inscription TranslationThe face is bright and beautiful like the moon The body is besmeared with ashes, For dress only a thin loincloth For hair only one braid of matted locks dishevelled, She is in a trance born of great pangs of separation And finds no pleasure in the melody of tunes Setmalar appertains to Raga Megha Malara And the melody is spoken of by this name.
Inscription CommentTranslation taken from Gangoly, O.C. 'Ragas and Raginis, Vol.2.'
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: RFI35341
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