Apr 3, 2014

Pair of Two-Sided Leaves from a Jain Manuscript

Pair of Two-Sided Leaves from a Jain Manuscript


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Gum tempera and ink on palm leaf

Overall: 5.3 x 30.2 cm (2 1/16 x 11 7/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1971.128



The first to achieve liberation, according to followers of Jainism, is the golden Jina named Rishabha. He is shown seated in glory on the first page of a Sanskrit text on yoga and meditation.

The second painting, from later in the manuscript, shows the transmission of the teaching. The senior monk on a throne, who may also be the text’s author, faces a disciple with a sacred book on a stand under a canopy between them. Below is a pious assembly of lay followers and nuns.

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