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Opaque watercolor and ink on palm leaf; Manuscript 3
Overall: 4.4 x 35.2 cm (1 3/4 x 13 7/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1971.118.6.a
The text on this rare, early manuscript page tells of the birth of Mahavira, but the painting is that of a monk, seated in the yogic posture of meditation and making the gesture of recitation and discourse with his right hand. He wears a white robe, and over his shoulders is a broom that he would use to sweep the ground before him as he walks, to ensure he does not inadvertently harm a tiny creature. Strict adherence to nonviolence is a major tenet of the Jain religion.
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