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- Object: Gujari Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
Gujari Ragini sitting on a gold bolstered chair on a terrace plays on the vina and sings in praise of her beloved. Her friend standing in front of her keeps time by clapping her hands, an attendant behind her holds a fly whisk. The lone peacock standing in the foreground on the terrace symbolizes her loneliness and yearning for her beloved.
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Height: 24.70 centimetres (painting including all margins)
Height: 31.70 centimetres
Width: 19.70 centimetres
Width: 24.20 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.)
It is probable that this ragini was a melody of the ancient Gujars clan near Mount Abu in Rajasthan. Originally known as 'Vibhasa' it is one of the earliest known Raginis.
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