Artists from Kerala, including Ravi Varma, often painted Nair or Malayalee women adorning their hair with jasmine flowers. This was obviously a sight that the artists had been exposed to in their close environment and hence these women formed the subject of their paintings. Here Warrier, true to his mentor's Ravi Varma's style, has painted the woman in a diaphanous sari, adorning her well coiffed hair with a string of jasmine flowers that is interspersed with pink rose petals.


  • Title: Woman With Jasmine
  • Creator: Sekhara Warrier
  • Date Created: 1890
  • Location Created: Travancore, India
  • Subject Keywords: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Original Source: Private Collection
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Collection: Private Collection
  • About the Artist: Sekhara Warrier is the most enigmatic of Ravi Varma’s contemporaries. There are no accurate records of his year of birth or death, so one does not have accurate information about the age of the artist or how old he actually was when he met Ravi Varma. He was from an old Warrier family in Kilimanoor. Warriers were a temple-service community, typically involved in making garlands and in the management of temples. His family was ostensbily connected to Raja Ravi Varma's family, in that his father was a Koil Tampuran of Kilimanoor.

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