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- Object: Nata Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
Nata ragini is sometimes depicted as a male and sometimes a female in ragamala paintings. Here she is on horseback fighting a foot soldier with a sword. Another dead or wounded soldier lies sprawled on the floor in the foreground, his sword broken. Birds surround and peck at him. The foreground on which he lies is painted a dark green contrasting with the pale green hillock behind. The landscape with clumps of foliage here and there looks artificial and contrived. Two angels with green wings appear to be raising a toast to each other!
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Height: 32.10 centimetres (page)
Height: 24.40 centimetres (painting including all margins)
Width: 19 centimetres
Width: 24.10 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 that of heroism.
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