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Folio from a Jain Sangrahanisutra manuscript featuring Loka Purusha. Western India, circa 18th century. Opaque watercolour on wasli. 11 x 25.9cm.

The Sangrahanisutra includes Jain ideas about the structure of the universe and the mapping of space. It includes illustrations and cosmic diagrams.
This folio has an illustration of the Loka Purusha (or Cosmic Man) with comments and numbers. The Jain cosmos is compared with the shape of a man and the three worlds are conceived within his frame. His head and upper part of the body represent the heavens, abode of the gods. The middle world, where humans dwell and the only region from which liberation can be obtained, is located at his narrow waist. Below the waist are the hells, shown broadest at the base of his tunic.

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