Quantcast
Videos ()
Buddhism along the Silk Road

Close

One of a Pair of Jain Manuscript Covers (Patli)

Date:
early 12th century
Culture:
India (Gujarat)
Medium:
Opaque watercolor on wood
Dimensions:
2 3/16 x 12 3/4 in. (5.5 x 32.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.496.33a
  • Description

    This pair of covers appears to be contemporary with twelfth-century sets in the Jaisalmer Jain temple library in Rajasthan. The figures are rendered naively, shown frontally but with faces in three-quarter profile, and the use of gesture is animated if theatrical. The pictorial conventions of silhouetted figures drawn in black outline on a flat red ground is in evidence, marking the beginnings of the western Indian style. Depicted on the interiors of the covers are scenes of assembled dignitaries, probably illustrating events from the life of a jina as described in the hagiographical literature. Alternatively, they may represent the climactic scene of the story in which the princess
    Damayanti selects her future husband, Nala, from an assembly of candidates in a practice known as svayamvara. A Hindu story recounted in the Mahabharata, it was popular in Svetambara Jain circles in western India beginning about A.D. 1000.

  • See also
    What
    Where
    When
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
37835

Close