King Siddharta Being Anointed: Folio from a Kalpasutra Manuscript
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Overall: 4 3/8 x 10 5/8 in. (11.1 x 27 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1955
Not on view
The enthroned King Siddharta, having bathed and refreshed himself, is being anointed with a paste forehead mark (tilak) denoting nobility by a family member, possibly Queen Trisala herself. The paintings from this manuscript are uniformly conventional, with golden figures framed in red nimbuses against an ultramarine ground. Line is skillfully controlled, and great play is made of the designs on the clothing, which accord with surviving examples of fifteenth-century cloth and extend our knowledge of Gujarati textile design.
[The Kevorkian Foundation , New York, by 1955; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Peaceful Conquerors: Jain Manuscript Painting," September 10, 2009–March 28, 2010.