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- Object: Desakh Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
This Ragini represents physical prowess and strength. Desakh Ragini, a female athlete in male sporting attire grasps a golden pillar in an upside down position. She is strong and not hampered by modesty; her clothes lie in a heap to one side.Two male athletes in the foreground seem to be similarly employed in athletic pursuits. A lotus filled lake, green fields dotted with trees and an orange streaked sky filled with white, billowing clouds complete the background of the painting.
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Height: 32.10 centimetres (page)
Height: 24.50 centimetres (painting including all margins)
Width: 18.80 centimetres
Width: 24.20 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.)
Desakh Ragini is considered a kanyavisarika heroine, an unmarried girl ready for love.
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