A group of seven Ragmala paintings, Northern India, late 18th – early 19th century.
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A group of seven Ragmala paintings Northern India, late 18th – early 19th century. 27.5 x 21.5cm depicting the various Indian musical modes personified in human form, each mounted in a modern frame. Raga Panchak, the daughter of Raga Deepak, (the Raga for early Winter), depicted as a princess seated on a rectangular platform wearing a dark blue sari with yellow scarf pulled up over the head. Wearing jewelsand holding a water jar (purnakalasa) in left hand. The right hand clasping the arm of a standing maid in red sari and yellow scarf, another maid behind in pink sari with green shawl. To the background a pair of kiosks with wall between, and topiary to the top. Raga Harshini, wife of Raga Malkaunsa (the Raga for the Monsoon), depicted as a princess standing in a courtyard. Wearing a yellow sari with gilt decoration, jewels to hair and large nose ring, hands outstretched. To either side a kiosk with floral rug and door drape. To the background luxuriant trees. Raga Kalyan, the son of Raga Shri (the Raga for Winter), depicted as a prince wearing white robes with gilt decoration, crown to head and wearing a necklace and armlets. Holding a unopened green lotus bud in right hand. Seated on a cream carpet with floral pattern, a large bolster behind. To the background a kiosk with two doorways, each with a door drape to the top. A high wall to the back with trees behind. A female personified Raga, possibly one of the wives or daughters of the Raga Deepak (the Raga for early Winter), depicted as a princess wearing a yellow sari with red shawl pulled up over head. Hands stretched forward towards a standing maid wearing a green sari with pink shawl, holding a chowri fan in right hand. Both figures standing in a large kiosk with blue carpet and door drape. To the background a series of courtyards with kiosk buildings. A female personified Raga, possibly the consort of Raga Naboda, son of Raga Malkaunsa (the Raga for the Monsoon), depicted as a princess wearing a white sari and shawl with gilt decoration, jewels to the hair and large nose ring and bracelets. Right hand up to nose holding a unopened lotus bud. The princess standing in a courtyard with kiosk behind, awning to the top with floral decoration. To the background a wall with topiary behind. Raga Malkaunsa (the Raga for the Monsoon) depicted as a prince wearing seated in a courtyard, wearing pink robes with gilt decoration, crown to head, bracelets and armlets and sash across waist. Holding a large curved sword (khadga) in right hand; kneeling on a yellow rug with floral pattern and large bolster behind. To the background a kiosk with columns to the corners, rug to the Floor and awning to the top supported on spear shaped poles. Raga Vallabha, son of Raga shri (the Raga of Winter depicted as a prince seated on an octagonal throne. Wearing pale blue robes with crown, necklaces, armlets and bracelets, cream sash over shoulder and holding a large open lotus flower in the right hand. The throne on a cream carpet with floral decoration, bolster to the back of the throne. Behind the prince a male attendant wearing a crown and jewels, holding a chowri fly whisk in right hand over the head of the prince. To the background a kiosk and building with arched window, low wall running between the two, trees and hills behind. Catalogue note: For similar paintings see The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and The National Museum of India, Delhi. Ragamala paintings are a series of artwork depicting the Ragamala, or ‘Garland of Ragas’” a body of musical work from medieval India. The paintings depict the music as personified in human form representing each mood of the musical movement as well as unifying the concepts of poetry and classical music. Each Raga is personified by a colour, mood and verse describing the hero or heroine, and elucidates the season and the time of day and night that a particular Raga is performed. For more information Contact us at [email protected] or call +31 (0) 38
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