Apr 3, 2014
Apr 3, 2014

Text, folio 2 (recto) from a Story of Shalibhadra of Pradyumna-suri (Indian, active about 1270s–1300)

Text, folio 2 (recto) from a Story of Shalibhadra of Pradyumna-suri (Indian, active about 1270s–1300)

c. 1277–1300

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book authored by

Pradyumnasuri

(Indian)

Gum tempera and ink on palm leaf

Overall: 6.7 x 32.4 cm (2 5/8 x 12 3/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1971.125.b

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This page is from a story about conversion to monkhood and the virtues of giving alms, or pious offerings, written in verse in a regional vernacular. The painting on the other side, however, shows a senior monk teaching his disciple, emphasizing the importance of oral transmission of stories and knowledge. Both hold a shield in front of their mouths to prevent harm to insects that might fly in while they speak; nonviolence is a fundamental tenet of Jainism. A sacred manuscript stands on a tripod between them.

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