Queen Trisala's Grief (at the Stillness of the Unborn): 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
Having received the embryo of Mahavira from the Brahmani Devananda, transplanted by Indra’s ambassador Harinaigamesin, Trisala, previously concerned over the embryo’s welfare, becomes distressed. The queen indicates her despair to her handmaiden and orders all festivities at the palace to cease. Her legs, revealed at the ankles, indicate the posture of a person unconcerned with her demeanor. A textile canopy, decorated with parading gajasimhas (mythical hybrid elephant-lions), hangs heavily over the scene.