Harinaigamesin Brings the Embryo to Queen Trisala: 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
The jina Mahavira was conceived by a Brahmani woman, and Indra determined that the embryo should be transferred to the royal woman Queen Trisala. He appointed the deerheaded divinity Harinaigamesin, Indra's ambassador and chief of infantry, to perform this delicate task. Embryos were exchanged between the two women, and Mahavira was brought full term and born to King Siddharta and Queen Trisala.
[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.