Gum tempera, ink, silver, and gold on paper
26.7 x 42.5 cm (10 1/2 x 16 3/4 in.)
Jo Hershey Selden Fund 2021.12
Text and Image in Southern Asia (Indian Painting and Himalayan rotation)
This painting is from the earliest known Jain series made in a Mughal-inspired style.
Dreams foretell important events in Indian literature. In this painting a prince lies half asleep and experiences eight visions, pictured above the reclining figure. At the right, the prince on the throne with the royal umbrella seeks help interpreting the dreams. They predicted the coming of Rishabha, the first Jina, who has been fasting for a full year. The prince then became the first person in the world to give proper alms, or pious offerings, to a Jina.
This painting is from a group that is recognized as the first Jain manuscript made in the form of a pictorial series, rather than a handwritten manuscript.
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