Jul 12, 2013
Jul 12, 2013

Painting from a Kalpa-sutra: Indra Praises the Embryo of Mahavira in the Womb of the Brahman Woman Devananda

Painting from a Kalpa-sutra: Indra Praises the Embryo of Mahavira in the Womb of the Brahman Woman Devananda

c. 1450–75

Gum tempera and gold on paper; 18th century gold flecked paper border

Image: 9.5 x 6.8 cm (3 3/4 x 2 11/16 in.); Overall: 22.3 x 17.7 cm (8 3/4 x 6 15/16 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1925.1339

Exhibition

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

Did you know?

The four-armed king of the gods, Indra, got off his throne to kneel in praise of the conception of the 24th Jina Mahavira.

Description

Until recently, and especially during the 1800s and early 1900s, the paintings in South Asian manuscripts were excised and mounted as individual works of art. These two paintings from a Jain manuscript of the Kalpa-sutra have been separated from the text and mounted with gold-flecked borders, like pictures in an album.

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