Apr 7, 2014
Apr 7, 2014

Page from a Jain manuscript

Page from a Jain manuscript

c. 1475–1500

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Overall: 11.5 x 29.3 cm (4 1/2 x 11 9/16 in.)

Gift in memory of Herbert F. Leisy 1979.23

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The "further eye" extending beyond the bounds of the face is a characteristic of 15th-century painting.

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Manuscripts of the Kalpa-sutra are sacred embodiments of Jain doctrine. For this reason, they are worthy of beautification, adornment, and celebration by the inhabitants of heaven, such as the celestial dancers under cusped arches on this page.

The commissioning of a manuscript is believed to cleanse donors of the karmic effects of past wrongdoing. Wealthy donors gained prestige in the community with the costly production of a sacred manuscript.

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