Mahavira's Samavasarana: 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
Mahavira is installed at the center of his congregation platform, or samavasarana, preaching to the universe. Upon his attaining perfect knowledge and thus becoming a perfected being (siddha), an elevated preaching space of three walls (of gold, silver, and jewels) was created for the jina. At the center is a platform with four lion thrones beneath a tree, each facing a jeweled gate; Mahavira faces east and the other three thrones are occupied by sculptures of him.
[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.