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- Object: Devgandhar Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
A blue skinned haloed ascetic, bare chested, clad in lilac dhoti and shawl, sits on an orange and gold patterned carpet in a rural setting. His blue skin is an indication of a body smeared with ashes. Two richly ornate gold, black and green cushions lie behind him. The ascetic communicates with his young disciple, naked except for a thread around his waist. He sits in front of his guru writing on a tablet that he holds in his right hand. His left hand holding a pen stretches out to an inkpot on the ground in front of him. The time of the scene is night, as indicated by the black horizon and deep shading of tree on the right; thus a small fire is lit between the two in order to emanate some light. A couple of dogs lie to the side, a smiling tiger and placid deer coexist in harmony! Bizarre lilac rocks in oblong shapes frame an opening to the ascetic's cave in the background. Similarly coloured rocks sprouting greenery and lotuses complete the foreground.
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Height: 32.10 centimetres (page)
Height: 24.20 centimetres (painting including all margins)
Width: 19.10 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 female ascetic has been painted as a male. The artist is either unaware of the meaning of the verse or, more likely, copied the painting directly from another Jaipur Ragamala series as was the practice in those days.
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