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- Object: Ramakali Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
The miffed kantabhisarika nayika (one who is sought after by her beloved), refuses to speak to her lover who falls at her feet trying to appease her. An elderly confidante appears to be entreating the nayika to relent by pointing emphatically to her beloved kneeling, but the nayika remains unmoved. Her body turns away from him emphasizing her negative attitude. The nayika wears a white jama, green and gold turban and green patka (sash) and the nayika is richly garbed in gold and green patterned skirt, yellow choli and royal blue and gold bordered odhni. The nayika is seated on an ornate gold chair on which rests a striped lilac cushion with green and yellow borders.
Gold paint is used lavishly in patterns on orange carpet, burgundy awning, blue and mauve panels of pavilion walls, courtyard wall and thick stripes on textile roller blind. The foliage in the foreground and sky are treated in a similar fashion to the other miniatures in this series.
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Height: 31.90 centimetres (page)
Height: 25 centimetres (painting including all margins)
Width: 19.70 centimetres
Width: 24.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- 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.)
Though the nayika is negative toward her lover, her head turned toward him signifies the prevailing mood as one of longing (vipralambha sringara.)
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