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- Object: Kanada (Kanhro) Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
Kṛṣṇa dressed in royal garb of yellow dhoti, orange vest and gold turban crowned with a peacock feather sits on a rocky outcrop holding a sword and elephant tusk. The slain elephant lies in an uncanny position in the right foreground while royal bards to the left salute Kṛṣṇa. It is dark, the sky is black and trees in the background are deeply shaded. Hunting was usually carried out at night or in the early hours of the morning.
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Height: 32 centimetres (page)
Height: 24 centimetres (painting including all margins)
Width: 19 centimetres
Width: 24.20 centimetres
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- 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.)
This melody is associated with elephant hunting in which retinues of royal hunters used to congratulte the king after a successful hunt. According to sanskrit ragamala texts the King, a divine personage supposedly holds a sword in one hand and the tusk of an elephant killed in the other. He is accompanied by royal bards who sing his praise.
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