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Ragamala illustration: Lalit Ragini . Jaipur, circa mid-19th century. Opaque watercolour with gold and tin (silver) on wasli. 24.1 x 16.8cm
The text in the upper panel describes the scene: 'As the sun rises, the nayaka (romantic hero) is all set to take leave of his nayika (romantic heroine) who is in the pangs of separation. She sighs and her eyes are full of tears. The nayaka turns back and directs his gaze at her'.
With thanks to the kindness of Tarun Pant for translating the text.
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Above: gilt decorative motifs on wall with deepa lamps placed on top shown without glare from reflected light
Images and text © Peter Blohm