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The Attainment of Perfect Knowledge (Siddha) by Mahavira's Disciple Indrabhuti Gautama: 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:
55.121.38.27
Not on view
The night Mahavira died, his principal disciple reflected on his master's passing and experienced enlightenment. Indrabhuti is dressed in the white robes of a Svetambara monk, carries a cloth face mask, or mohapatti (to prevent inadvertently swallowing even microscopic life forms), over his right shoulder, has a small broom (for harmlessly brushing away even the smallest insects) at his right thigh, and holds a meditation rosary (mala). He is seated on a throne before which blooms a red lotus. The trees are also in flower, as if in recognition of his newly attained siddha-hood.
[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.

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