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- Object: Todi Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
A haloed lady garbed in gold and orange pleated skirt, yellow choli and transparent brown dotted veil, is a nayika who, separated from her lover, sings songs on the vina (a musical instrument) in praise of her beloved to while away the hours of loneliness in separation. Deer enchanted by the melody are attracted to Todi Ragini and surround her in sympathy, one black deer standing out in contrast to the pale coloured herd. The setting is on the banks of a lake filled with lotuses -- the outlines of a town in diminutive scale can be seen in the far distance. The vina is painted in ornate blue and gold design. Stiffly articulated lotuses in the lake, flowering bushes dotted with colour and small patches of flowers in the foreground add to the rural setting.
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Height: 32 centimetres (page)
Height: 23.90 centimetres (painting including all margins)
Width: 19.30 centimetres
Width: 24.30 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 rasa is vipralambha sringara, one of unrequited love and longing.
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