THE MONTH OF VAISAKH, MEWAR, RAJASTHAN, CIRCA 1770
gouache with gold on paper, from a barahmasa series, depicting a royal couple being cooled by attendants spraying water, a group of ladies in the foreground by a riverside shrine, hunting and conversation scenes above, painted red border with identifying inscription at the top, the reverse with jotdan inventory numerals, written in red: 30/23,
27 x 19cm (image); 33 x 25cm (folio)
In a similar way to ragamala paintings with their visual representations of musical modes, barahmasa paintings are an attempt to convey the mood and atmosphere of the seasons. Vaisakh corresponds to April, one of the hottest months, which explains the need for the couple to be cooled by sprayed water. This is one of a dispersed set from the Mewar royal collection, another of which, depicting the month of Magha, is in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (AS217 1980); see Andrew Topsfield, Paintings from Rajasthan, Melbourne 1980, no.201. For a discussion of the Udaipur inventory, see Andrew Topsfield, in John Guy (ed.), Indian Art and Connoisseurship, New Delhi 1995, p.189.
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