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- Object: Vasanta Raga
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
The celebration of spring and the festival of holi are depicted here. Women sprinkle coloured powder on Kṛṣṇa and Rādhā in the centre. Kṛṣṇa wears a bright orange jama and shawl, jewellery and orange and gold turban. Rādhā in lilac and gold skirt joins in the revelry; while one arm is nonchalantly thrown around Kṛṣṇa's shoulder, the other hand sprinkles rangoli (coloured powder) on him. Coloured powder is depicted in red swirls above the group. Lady attendants, friends and musicians surround the couple. One lady holds a small mango blossom -- symbol of the coming of spring. The terrace is gaily painted in pink and yellow stripes. A white wall separates the revelers from the horizon beyond. Trees peep over the wall.
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Height: 32 centimetres (page)
Height: 25.30 centimetres (painting including all margins)
Width: 20.90 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.)
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