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Title

A Jain paradise

1801

Artists

Unknown Artist

No image
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Pali Rajasthan India
    Date
    1801
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    opaque watercolour on cloth
    Dimensions
    101.0 x 62.3 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Dr J Masselos 2021
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    109.2021
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  • About

    The principles of the Indian Jain faith, which emphasises peace, truth and tolerance, came to be known through the teachings of Mahavira who lived in the sixth century before the current era. Mahavira taught that all living things have souls of equal value. With a strong Jain history, the town of Pali in Marwar is regarded as a centre for Jain painting and manuscripts. Painted on cloth, this extraordinary image shows a six-storey celestial palace festooned by flags and inhabited by monks, dancers, the lay faithful and deities. Painting such as this were stored rolled up in Jain libraries and only brought out for occasional events.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication