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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Overall: 9.4 x 28.4 cm (3 11/16 x 11 3/16 in.)
Gift of Dr. Norman Zaworski 1976.27.b
Under the swing bed is a box decorated with two geese, filled with paan (betel nut, lime, and spices wrapped in betel leaf).
A queen and her golden newborn lie on a swing, gazing at one another as two attendants hold fly whisks to honor them. The infant is Mahavira, founder of the Jain religion, who lived during the 500s BC in northern India.
Though palm leaf was preferred for sacred texts, Jain communities transitioned to the more readily available material of paper during the 1300s. A hole in the central red dot was made for a binding string.
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