A finely painted 'Baramasa' (Songs of the Seasons)
miniature with figures celebrating
Baisakh at various pursuits within and surrounding a brick built
In the foreground a group of ladies are gathered on a raised stand
beneath a tree whilst being served by several attendants carrying trays
of utensils and refreshments.
Above them and seated within an alcove sit a loving couple, the female
being offered a flower.
Two attendants, using water containers, create a shower over them.
Two women gossip in an apartment above as a male archer aims at birds
before a wooded landscape beyond.
Yellow ruled edge framed within a red border filled with floral motifs
and two cartouche, the top one containing written in devanagari script
The reverse with small pen & ink drawings and
red ink inventory numbers - 30/23 & 2
Udaipur, Mewar, India
A very finely painted image, old and beautiful.
Flaking & small areas of losses,
particularly at bottom of image,
small amount of rubbing,
Borders with some marks & losses.
13 1/8" ( 33.3 cm ) X 10" ( 25.5 cm )
10 3/4" ( 27.4 cm ) X 7 1/2" ( 19.2 cm )
Formerly in the royal paintings store
- known as the jotdan -
of the Maharanas of Mewar.
Topsfield, Andrew., 'The royal paintings inventory at Udaipur', - Indian Art & Connoisseurship -
in honour of Douglas Barrett,
ed. John Guy, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 1995.
Baisakh, also known as Baisakhi, Vaishakhi,
is an ancient harvest festival celebrated across
North Indian states. The common
date of Baisakh is the 13th of
April, although it can differ by a day or two. The festival marks
the beginning of the harvest season in Northern India and can also be
auspicious for marriage.