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Jain Ascetic Walking Along a Riverbank

Jain Ascetic Walking Along a Riverbank

c. 1600
(Indian, active c. 1560–1600)
Painting: 14.7 x 9.8 cm (5 13/16 x 3 7/8 in.); Overall: 38.8 x 26.3 cm (15 1/4 x 10 3/8 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

He carries a book and a fly whisk tucked under his left arm.

Description

Alluding to his wisdom, this white-clad Jain monk carries a manuscript under his left arm, bound with a red cover. Otherwise he carries a Jain monk’s basic accouterments: whisk broom, staff, and pot.

This sensitively painted portrait was made for the collection of the Mughal emperor Akbar who was curious about the tenets of Jainism. He admired the explanations of the Jain monks who regularly attended the emperor’s weekly discussion sessions among members of different religious groups.
  • ?–1967
    (Herbert N. Bier [1905–1981], Cleveland, OH, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1967–
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, with contributions by Shridhar Andhare and others. The Peaceful Liberators: Jain Art from India. New York: Thames & Hudson, 1994. Reproduced: cat. no. 114, p. 249.
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1969. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1969. Reproduced: p. 236 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978. Reproduced: p. 304 archive.org
    Leach, Linda York. Indian Miniature Paintings and Drawings. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art in cooperation with Indiana University Press, 1986. cat. no. 17
    Tōyō kaiga no seika: tokubetsuten: Kurīvurando Bijutsukan no korekushon kara [東洋絵画の精華: 特别展: クリーヴラント美術館のコレクションから= Highlights of Asian painting from the Cleveland Museum of Art]. Nara, Japan: Nara National Museum, 1998. Reproduced: p. 23, cat. no. 2
    Crill, Rosemary, and Kapil Jariwala. The Indian Portrait, 1560-1860. London: National Portrait Gallery Publications, National Portrait Gallery, 2010. Mentioned and Reproduced: cat. no. 12, pp. 72–73
    Diamond, Debra, and Molly Emma Aitken. Yoga: The Art of Transformation. Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2013. Mentioned and Reproduced: cat. no. 5F, p. 137
    "A Jain Ascetic." Nūr: CAIS magazine, Winter 2021 (Vol. 5, No. 2): 14. Mentioned and Reproduced: p. 14
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    Yoga: The Art of Transformation. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (June 22-September 7, 2014).
    The Indian Portrait, 1560-1860. National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (organizer) (March 11-June 20, 2010).
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    Highlights of Asian Paintings from The Cleveland Museum of Art. Nara National Museum (organizer) (February 21-March 29, 1998); Suntory Museum of Art (April 28-June 21, 1998).
    The Peaceful Conquerors: Jain Art from India. New Orleans Museum of Art (June 29-September 17, 1995); Victoria and Albert Museum (November 22, 1995-February 18, 1996).
    Year in Review: 1968. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (January 29-March 9, 1969).
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