Shakra Enthroned, with a Deva and Generals: Folio from a Kalpasutra Manuscript, Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper, India (Gujarat)

Shakra Enthroned, with a Deva and Generals: Folio from a Kalpasutra Manuscript

Date:
15th century
Culture:
India (Gujarat)
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 1/4 x 10 3/8 in. (10.8 x 26.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1955
Accession Number:
55.121.38.2
Not on view
This supreme deity, four-armed and holding his identifying attributes—an elephant goad and a double-ended thunderbolt (vajra)—is named in the Kalpasutra as Shakra and is said to reside in the most elevated heaven. Here, he is seen in his council chamber engaged with a lesser divinity (a crowned deva) and two generals of his court.
[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.