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- Object: Dipaka Raga
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
Two lovers are seated on a sofa on a terrace gazing into each others eyes. A lady attendant behind the couple holds a lit torch signifying the flame of desire, while two lady musicians seated on the left sing and play a drum. The shimmering gold jama and turban of the nayaka and the ghagra of the nayika is perhaps a deliberate indication of the burning desire felt by the couple in their love for each other. The hero holds up a mirror in front of the heroine, perhaps because lovers can never get enough of gazing at each other! The terraced setting and pavilion in the background is in the same style as previous paintings in this series.
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Height: 31.90 centimetres (page)
Height: 24.70 centimetres (painting including all margins)
Width: 19.20 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 rasa is of love in union (sambhoga sringara). Dipaka raga was supposed to have miraculous powers of invoking heat and light. Dipaka which means light, is symbolically conceived of as the fire of passion in this raga in which a prince burning with desire seeks his beloved. In the course of time, Dipaka ragas came to be painted with a lady holding a lit torch as a symbol to signify the raga, while emphasis was placed on the theme of love in union.
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