Gum tempera and ink on palm leaf
Part 2: 5.7 x 47 cm (2 1/4 x 18 1/2 in.); Part 1: 5.7 x 45.7 cm (2 1/4 x 18 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1971.130
Hemachandra was a celebrated poet, historian, grammarian, philosopher, and theologian of medieval India.
The first two folios of this manuscript commentary have adjoining paintings: the first is the green image of Parshva, a liberated being known as a Jina, and the second depicts the author of the text, Hemachandra (1088–1173), as a monk with his royal patron Kumarapala (reigned 1143–1172). The text of this manuscript illustrates grammatical points of both Sanskrit and Prakrit—a living language derived from Sanskrit—with examples of the wondrous deeds of his kings.
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