rajasthan art

Shakti Yantra. Tantric Painting, Rajasthan. 1600s. 

The three sides of the yoni, the primordial triangle, creative matrix of the cosmos, stand for the three qualities composing material nature: sattva, the ascending quality, seen as white; rajas, the kinetic quality, seen as red; tamas, the descending quality or inertia, seen as black.

5

DREAMING OF JAIPUR

Without intending this to sound like a colonial fantasy, Jaipur is a city of beauty and vibrancy. Obviously you’ll only see what is ‘sellable’ - the decadency of the royal court, the ornate architecture, detail and splendour of it all but at a less superficial level, Jaipur is full of creativity and craftsmanship. 

I can’t wait to go back and discover more about the city instead of just marvelling at it!

- Seetal 

2

Sheesh mahal (mirror palace), located at Amber fort and palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Described as the “glittering jewel box in flickering candle light” in Frommer’s India, thousands of mirror mosaics on the walls and ceiling add to the eternal charm of the palace. 

Necklace

India (Punjab or Rajasthan), Mughal, 18th - 19th century

Gold, precious and semi-precious stones and pearls

Pictorial representations and literary accounts of jewelry from the Mughal era abound, for the wearing and appreciation of jewels and gems was considered an art in itself. The memoirs of Jahangir, for instance, record his decisions to wear certain pearls or rubies for important occasions, but the practice was not limited to royalty alone—travelers to India noted the quantity of jewelry worn by all members of society. Because very few of these pieces survive, most seventeenth-century jewelry is known only from paintings and written descriptions; extant pieces from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are much more numerous. This particular necklace, composed of diamonds, rubies, pearls, and imitation emeralds set in gold, might represent work for a new class of patrons, the British in India.