www.IndianMiniaturePaintings.co.uk - Folio from a dispersed Jain Kalpasutra manuscript:incidents in the life of Trishala: as princess on swing with future husband King Siddhartha; as queen pregnant and worrying about embryonic Mahavira. Jaipur, circa early 19th century

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Folio from a little known rare dispersed Jain Kalpasutra manuscript: Incidents in the life of Trishala - as princess on swing with future husband King Siddhartha (above image); as queen pregnant and worrying about embryonic Mahavira (see below). Jaipur, circa early 19th century. Opaque watercolour with gold on warqa. 11.2 x 25.4 cm

Queen Trishala worried about her embryo when she could feel no movement from it. Little did she know that the embryonic Mahavira was deliberately keeping still to ensure that she felt no pain from his movement.

TTwo folios from a strikingly similar dispersed manuscript held by Yale University Art Gallery but with some differences in narrative sequence indicate that more than one manuscript was produced. Until this and its companion folios on this website were made known to Robert Del Bonta it was thought only one manuscript existed. The two Yale folios are illustrated in the Rubin Museum of Art exhibition catalogue Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection, Phyllis Granoff (Ed.), 2009; Robert J Del Bonta, 'Life Scenes: The Kalpa Sutra', pp. 244-247. Del Bonta informs that only a few folios are known. They represent a rare departure from the expected formulaic painted scenes to be found in Kalpa Sutra manuscripts. Its illustrations are identified by short sentences in Gujarati written in Devangari script.

Inventory LC000215

 

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Above: gilt detail reflecting light

Queen Trishala worrying about her embryo

Above: gilt detail reflecting light

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