Gum tempera and gold on paper
Page: 33.4 x 29.3 cm (13 1/8 x 11 9/16 in.)
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.202
Monks belonging to the Digambara (Sky-clad) sect of Jainism renounce the comforts of clothing.
A naked Jain monk sits before a Rajput noble, whose triple mark on the brow indicate that he is a follower of the Hindu god Shiva. Behind them is a temple dedicated to Vishnu. In a visual statement of ecumenism, all three religions appear to coexist peacefully in the kingdom. The noble has set down his sword and shield and enjoys a hookah while listening to the discourse of the monk.
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