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- Object: Asavari Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
An abhisarika nayika, (one who goes out to meet her lover) in a tribal leaf skirt, breasts covered with a white veil, sits on a blanket on a carpeted terrace. The haloed nayika holds two black snakes in her hands and whiles away the hours in the company of snakes that seem to offer her consolation in her unsatisfied lovelorn condition. Two lilac clad female musicians seated in front of the nayika play stringed instruments that lull the serpents and make them dance. Two more snakes slither toward them from the lilac coloured rocks in the foreground.
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Height: 32 centimetres (page)
Height: 24 centimetres (painting including all margins)
Width: 19.20 centimetres
Width: 24.10 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 raga is a survival of old tribal songs used to charm snakes into submission. The instrument, a flute with bulging form is still used by snake charmers in India today. The rasa is vipralambha sringara, one of unrequited love and longing. The rocks in the foreground and background, shaded in hues of lilac are influenced by the popular Mughal idiom.
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