Digambara Jain manuscript page: Jina venerated by a community of laymenArtist(s)Artist Unknown, India, Rajasthan, Sirohi SchoolObject Creation Date18th centuryMedium & Supportink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paperDimensions
7 5/16 in x 11 3/8 in (18.6 cm x 28.9 cm);7 5/16 in x 11 3/8 in (18.6 cm x 28.9 cm)Subject matter
In the Jain religion, book production reflects the integral relationship among the laity, monastic community, and the Jina, or enlightened Jain teacher. The dedication of sacred books for shrines is required of devotees, and while commissioning a book fulfills the lay obligation of charity, beholding a book helps the individual achieve the proper mental state for spiritual guidance. It was customary for a lay donor to commission a copy of a text for presentation to his spiritual teacher and ultimately to the temple library.Physical Description
Eight worshippers sit to the right of a sky-clad (nude) Jina and monk. They each raise beads in their hands. Below them a struggle is depicted. Two men in shorts wrestle, while a snake, tiger, and elephant rera up beside a fire.Primary Object ClassificationPaintingAdditional Object Classification(s)Unbound WorkCollection AreaAsianRights
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