Feb 8, 2018

Cover for a Jain Manuscript

Cover for a Jain Manuscript

c. 1800

Silk: satin weave; embroidery, polychrome silk, gold filé, flat metal strip

Overall: 26.4 x 13.7 cm (10 3/8 x 5 3/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1925.494

Description

When closed, the horizontal stack of Jain manuscript pages is protected by firm covers on the top and bottom. A donor may commission a luxurious textile to place over or wrap the sacred text to honor it. Textiles with repeated floral plant patterns—these appear to be roses—were popularized at the imperial Mughal court during the mid-1600s, after which they spread throughout India.

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