King Siddharta Bathing: Folio from a Kalpasutra Manuscript, Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper, India (Gujarat)

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
Not on view
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.
[The Kevorkian Foundation , New York, by 1955; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Peaceful Conquerors: Jain Manuscript Painting," September 10, 2009–March 28, 2010.