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- Object: Ramakali Ragini
Painting from an album containing three paintings (loose, not bound), one Mughal and two from Rajasthan.
The usual iconography of a nayaka falling at the feet of his beloved trying to appease her while an elderly confidante pleads on his behalf makes this 'Ramakali Ragini', a painting from a Ragamala series. The heroine seated on a chair wears a gold and grey striped skirt, red choli and transparent veil bordered in gold. The nayaka is clad in dark grey striped jama. The nayika turns and looks at the young friend standing behind her waving a fan, perhaps to ask for advise whether to forgive her lover (?) The friend's and old lady's skirts are striped.
The setting is a terrace in front of a house with decorated eaves and fabric roller blinds with an open door leading in to the right. The carpet is an unusual pattern of orange flowered border and lilac background with flowered design. Beyond a grey wall the orange and dark grey shaded sky indicates the time of day as dusk. Little white birds perch on trees in the background.
- Production date
- 1760 (circa)
Height: 41.10 centimetres (page)
Height: 19.80 centimetres (painting including blue and gold margin and outlines in ink.)
Width: 14.80 centimetres
Width: 31.10 centimetres
- Not on display
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