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- Object: Madhumadhavi Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
A lady on a terrace rushes into a pavilion covering her head from a threatening storm that appears to be advancing. She looks up at the grey, orange and black perfectly rounded thunderclouds outlined in gold paint. Her friend awaits her on the terrace. Both wear rich costumes in hues of lilac, green, yellow, gold and red. The terrace and pavilion are in the same highly decorative style as previous paintings in the series.
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Height: 32 centimetres (page)
Height: 25.10 centimetres (painting including all margins)
Width: 19.60 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.)
The original idea of this Ragini is that a lady standing in a grove attracted by Madhavi flowers (a spring creeper) is startled by a sudden flash of lightning and rushes indoors; hence the name Madhumadhavi. Neither Lala, the poet or the artist allude to the flowers.
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