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King Siddharta Listens to an Astrologer Forecast the Conception and Birth of His Son, the Jina Mahavira: Folio from a Kalpasutra Manuscript

Date:
late 14th century
Culture:
India (Gujarat)
Medium:
Opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
3 3/8 x 13 13/16 in. (8.6 x 35.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art, Evelyn Kranes Kossak Gift, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.133
Not on view
The story of Mahavira as recounted by Hemachandra tells of the jina's father, King Siddhartha, summoning astrologers to his court to interpret Queen Trisala's dreams of a future son. They foretell that their son will be either a universal ruler (chakravartin) or a universal religious savoir, a jina. The dynamic and engaging scene shows a masterful control of form-defining line and a sensitive use of gesture. Both figures wear finely embroidered translucent muslins and are sheltered by honorific umbrellas.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Illustrated Manuscripts in India: Late 13th–early 17th Century," 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "New Acquisitions in Perspective," 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Peaceful Conquerors: Jain Manuscript Painting," September 10, 2009–March 28, 2010.

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