Mar 14, 2014

Leaf from a Jain Manuscript: The Story of Kalakacharya: Text (recto)

Leaf from a Jain Manuscript: The Story of Kalakacharya: Text (recto)


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Gum tempera and ink on palm leaf

Overall: 5.4 x 32.1 cm (2 1/8 x 12 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1971.126.b


Text and Image in Southern Asia​ (Indian Painting and Himalayan rotation)


This page is from the end of a manuscript, which contains two texts often paired together, the Kalpa-sutra and Story of Kalakacharya. It tells a story about a Jain teacher who used magic to overthrow an evil king. The laywomen who listen reverently to the nuns’ teaching may the donors who paid for the creation of the manuscript.

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