King Siddhartha Tells Queen Trisala the Meaning of the Fourteen Dreams (left) and The Interpretation of Dreams (right): 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 king explains to his queen the meaning of her dreams, forecasting that she will bear the child Mahavira. The couple is engaged in intimate conversation, both seated on richly decorated thrones with a finely painted textile canopy above, signaling their royal rank. The second painting shows an assembly of astrologers summoned to the court to interpret Queen Trisala's dreams. Two are writing with pens.
[The Kevorkian Foundation , New York, by 1955; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of the Art of India from the Museum's Collections," January 18, 1973–April 1, 1973.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Peaceful Conquerors: Jain Manuscript Painting," September 10, 2009–March 28, 2010.