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King Siddharta Being Anointed: Folio from a Kalpasutra Manuscript

Date:
15th century
Culture:
India (Gujarat)
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 3/8 x 10 5/8 in. (11.1 x 27 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1955
Accession Number:
55.121.38.6
  • Description

    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.

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