Contents: Plates: 1: Ragini Maru, Mewar, Rajasthan, Circa AD 1660. 2. Rana Jagat Singh II of Mewar Hunting Wild Buffaloes, Mewar, Rajasthan, circa AD 1750. 3. Krshna in the Company of Gopies, Bundi, Rajasthan, circa AD 1700. 4. The Month of Sravan, Kotah, Rajasthan, circa AD 1750. 5. Ragini Gunakali, Uniara, Rajasthan, circa AD 1750-70. 6. Lion Hunt, Ajmer-Sawar, Rajasthan, circa AD 1700-25. 7. Krishna Imploring Radha for Love, Kishangarh, Rajasthan, circa AD 1750. 8. Krishna on Swing, Bikaner, Rajasthan, dated AD 1683, Artist: Nuruddin. 9. Swami Haridasa, Tansen and Akbar in Vrindavana, Jaipur, Rajasthan circa AD 1750. 10. Raja Man Singh of Jodhpur with his Nobles, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, circa AD 1810.
"Rajasthani miniatures, though the earliest known ones are of a much recent late 16 century origin and betray considerable influence of Mughal art which had attained by then great perfection, fall in the line with Ajanta murals and Gupta sculptures wherein feeling dominates the form, interior characterises the exterior, emotions command motions, and lines and colours conveys something deeper contained within. Stylistic influence of Mughal art constitutes only the body, the outer casement of a Rajasthani miniature, Rajasthan, her people, the character of her soil, her culture, life-style, traditions, colours, climate, always enshrining as its soul. Rajasthani painters, it seems, did not see their subject with a cameratic eye copying just the surface. Descending deep into its soul they sought to recreate it in its absoluteness, with all that was within and all that was without. Abul Fazl, Akbar's court-historian, has rightly observed in his Ain-i-Akbari that things in paintings from Rajasthan spoke of something more than what they ordinarily meant." (jacket)