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Gum tempera and ink on palm leaf
Overall: 5.4 x 32.1 cm (2 1/8 x 12 5/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1971.126.a
Small captions give the names of the figures; the larger nun is identified as the female leader (mahattarā).
Wearing white billowing monastic robes, the two nuns contrast with the beautifully adorned laywomen, who wear elaborately patterned textiles and jewelry. Jains commissioned illuminated manuscripts as a way to accrue religious merit, and they would have images of themselves at prayer inserted into the image cycles like this as signs of their patronage.
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