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Manuscript of the Jambudvipa-prajnapti-sutra (Description of Jambudvipa)

Manuscript of the Jambudvipa-prajnapti-sutra (Description of Jambudvipa)


Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper; 76 folios

Overall: 12.3 x 30.6 cm (4 13/16 x 12 1/16 in.)

On Loan from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 25.2014



In Jain cosmology, the terrestrial world where human beings live is called Jambudvipa. This text discusses geography, astronomy, and mathematics. The painting does not illustrate the content of the text; instead, it shows the liberated Jina miraculously emanating his wisdom and teachings in all directions.

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