Aug 27, 2021
Aug 27, 2021
Aug 27, 2021

Shri Arishtanemi, folio 54 verso from a Kalpa-sutra

Shri Arishtanemi, folio 54 verso from a Kalpa-sutra

c. 1475–1500

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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Overall: 12.5 x 25.7 cm (4 15/16 x 10 1/8 in.)

Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1932.119.1


Life and Exploits of Krishna in Indian Paintings (Indian art rotation)


Followers of the Jain religion recognize 24 Jinas, individuals who reached liberation from the cycles of death and rebirth. Arishtanemi was the 22nd of the 24 and was a cousin of Krishna. Here Arishtanemi sits in eternal meditative bliss, crowned and bejeweled in a shrine. His attendants are sometimes recognized as the Hindu deities Krishna and Balarama. Followers of the Jain religion do not view Krishna as a supreme deity; instead, they view him and his brother Balarama as semidivine heroes with access to the liberated being.

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