Nov 11, 2014
Nov 11, 2014

Folio 40 from a Kalpa-sutra: Text (recto); Birth of Mahavira (verso)

Folio 40 from a Kalpa-sutra: Text (recto); Birth of Mahavira (verso)

c. 1400

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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Overall: 9.4 x 28.4 cm (3 11/16 x 11 3/16 in.)

Gift of Dr. Norman Zaworski 1976.27

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The marginalia beginning with the "=" sign are corrections to the text.

Description

This page describes the joyous and peaceful pregnancy of Queen Trishala, mother of the 24th Jina Mahavira, which lasted 9 months, 7-and-a-half days. It goes on to say that Mahavira was born at midnight on the 13th day of the first month of summer, and all omens augured success. The painting shows the happy mother nestling her infant on a swing.

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