(Indian, active c. 1560–1600)
Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Image: 14.7 x 9.8 cm (5 13/16 x 3 7/8 in.); Overall: 38.8 x 26.3 cm (15 1/4 x 10 3/8 in.); with mat: 49 x 36.3 cm (19 5/16 x 14 5/16 in.)
Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1967.244
He carries a book and a fly whisk tucked under his left arm.
Alluding to his wisdom, this white-clad Jain monk carries a manuscript under his left arm, bound with a red cover. Otherwise he carries a Jain monk’s asic accouterments: whisk broom, staff, and pot.
This sensitively painted portrait was made for the collection of the Mughal emperor Akbar. Akbar was curious about the tenets of Jainism. He admired the explanations of the Jain monks who regularly attended the emperor’s weekly discussion sessions among members of different religious groups.
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