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King Siddhartha Tells Queen Trisala the Meaning of the Fourteen Dreams (left) and The Interpretation of Dreams (right): 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:
55.121.38.7
  • Description

    The king explains to his queen the meaning of her dreams, forecasting that she will bear the child Mahavira. The couple is engaged in intimate conversation, both seated on richly decorated thrones with a finely painted textile canopy above, signaling their royal rank. The second painting shows an assembly of astrologers summoned to the court to interpret Queen Trisala's dreams. Two are writing with pens.

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