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- Object: Raga Megha Malar
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
Megha is a seasonal melody of the rainy season and the usual scene of this ragamala painting is that of a Lord dancing in the rain surrounded by lady musicians. A yellow garbed Kṛṣṇa with peacock feathered crown and orange shawl dances surrounded by two pairs of lady musicians on either side. The ladies on the left sing and play the vina; the ladies on the right play a lute like instrument and a drum. Two peacocks face each other in the foreground symbolic of love and the rainy season. The background features a lotus filled pond with flowering trees and bushes. The sky is covered with thunderclouds ringed in gold with orange snake like streaks of lightning.
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Height: 32 centimetres (page)
Height: 24.10 centimetres (painting including all margins)
Width: 19 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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