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- Object: The month of Margasirsa. November/December.
Painting from an album bound in red striped fabric containing 14 miniatures; with 11 Baramasa (Song of the seasons) paintings (paintings 2 to 12), 1 from Mewar, 2 from thikanas. Opaque watercolour on paper.
The nayaka (hero) holds a sword and appears as if ready for departure, while the nayika (heroine) appears to be exhorting him not to leave. There are miniature figures of warriors in the foreground which appear to have no connection with the text whatsoever, unless they are symbolic of one's own struggle toward spiritual salvation. Lotus blossoms proliferate in the pond symbolising spiritual salvation for as the lotus rises above the muddy waters of a stagnant pond, so also must all humans strive to rise above the mundane.
- Production date
- 1700-1725 (circa)
Height: 28.60 centimetres (painting including grey and white margins.)
Width: 20.20 centimetres (painting including grey and white margins)
- Curator's comments
- Paintings 2 to 12: The Maharajas of Amber (later Jaipur) served under Mughal armies in the Deccan for prolonged periods of time. This may have led to Deccani influences in their works. See Ebeling, K. 1973, p.79 and Pratapaditya Pal, 'Pleasure Gardens of the Mind, Indian Paintings from the Jane Greenough Green Collection', Los Angeles, 1993, p.105 for examples of Amber paintings from this period.
- Not on display
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Associated Title: Baramasa
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