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King Siddharta Bathing: 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:
55.121.38.5
  • Description

    King Siddharta, father of the jina Mahavira, having exercised and bathed in the royal bathhouse, is groomed by a male attendant, who combs his long hair in preparation for being dressed, perfumed, and bejeweled. He is to be adorned "like a grant-wishing tree" says the Kalpasutra, in anticipation of telling Queen Trisala the meaning of her dreams.

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