Digambara Jain manuscript page: Jina venerated by a community of laymen

Accession Number

Digambara Jain manuscript page: Jina venerated by a community of laymen

Artist Unknown, India, Rajasthan, Sirohi School

Object Creation Date
18th century

Medium & Support
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

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.

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Additional Object Classification(s)
Unbound Work

Collection Area

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fires (events)

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