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- Object: Gunakari Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
The sorrowful Gunakari Ragini, clad in red and gold skirt, yellow choli and dark blue veil bordered in gold, sits on the edge of a bed on a terrace arranging flowers in two vases. She is sad as her husband is away. Her friend wearing a lilac and gold skirt and orange veil, stands to her left with outstretched hands helping her arrange the flowers. The setting is the usual one of a terraced pavilion, the foliage and sky are similar to other paintings in this series.
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Height: 32 centimetres (page)
Height: 24.70 centimetres (painting including all margins)
Width: 19.30 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.)
The pair of vases is symbolic of two lovers; the prevailing mood is one of unsatisfied longing for love.
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